James Gandolfini’s Body Sent Back to New York

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 09:  James Gandolfini arrives at the 2011 BAFTA Brits To Watch Event at the Belasco Theatre on July 9, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. The newlywed Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were in attendance on the ninth day of their first joint overseas tour visiting Canada and the United States. (Photo by Mark Large - Pool/Getty Images)
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The body of James Gandolfini left Rome on a private flight to New York on Sunday, Reuters reports, a day earlier than it had been expected to make the trip. "The provisional plan is to depart Rome tomorrow afternoon and arrive in the U.S. in the evening," Michael Kobold, a family friend, said in a statement Sunday morning, according to ABC. But on Sunday afternoon he "thanked the Italian authorities and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry for helping to accelerate procedures." Gandolfini's funeral has been scheduled for Thursday morning at St. John the Divine in Morningside Heights.