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At his funeral, friends memorialized James Gandolfini as a loving, loyal and generous man. Gandolfini's will is further proof that it's true. The document, obtained by news outlets on Wednesday, shows that the Sopranos actor carefully considered how to best provide for his family in the event of his death. His $70 million fortune will be shared by his wife, children, friends, sisters, and even several employees.
The majority of Gandolfini's inheritance has been left to Michael Gandolfini, his lookalike teenage son from his first marriage. The 13-year-old boy has been given a trust fund to access when he turns 21, along with his father's clothing and jewelry, his Greenwich Village condominium, and his New York City parking space. (If you've ever tried to park in New York City, then you understand.)
The remainder of his estate is divided among family. To his second wife Deborah Lin and their infant daughter Liliana, he bequeathed 20% each of the leftover funds. His sisters Johanna Antonacci and Leta Gandolfini will each receive 30%.
Gandolfini also set aside financial gifts for a few people close to him. These include $200,000 each to his personal assistant and secretary; $500,000 each to his nieces; $100,000 to his godson; and between $50,000 and $100,000 to other friends.
The gift closest to the actor's heart, however, is clearly his property in Italy. The will specifies that this be split between his two children when Liliana turns 25, in hopes that they "keep it in our family for as long as possible."
An actor renowned for his complicated performance as Tony Soprano, James Gandolfini died unexpectedly of a heart attack at age 51 while on vacation in Rome. It's a deep loss not just for his friends, but for the Hollywood community, and for anyone who fell a little in love with Tony Soprano. (And let's face it, we all did.) To help us mourn Gandolfini's death and celebrate his work, HBO will be re-airing The Sopranos on demand, one season a month, beginning in July.