Friend: Gandolfini's body may return home Monday

By the Associated Press | June 23, 2013 | 10:34 AM EDT

Michael Kobold, a family friend of actor James Gandolfini, meets the media at the Exedra Hotel in Rome, Friday, June 21, 2013. Kobold said an autopsy confirmed the actor died of a heart attack and that there was no evidence of foul play or substance abuse. He said the body of the actor has been turned over to a funeral director and that the family is working to get through the red tape to get the body back to the United States. Gandolfini died Wednesday night after being discovered in a Rome hotel room by a family member. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

ROME (AP) — A family spokesman says James Gandolfini's body may be repatriated as soon as Monday.

Michael Kobold told reporters Sunday that the "provisional plan" is to depart Rome on Monday afternoon for the United States, several days earlier than anticipated. He did not specify which U.S. airport.

Kobold thanked Italian and U.S. authorities, including U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, his predecessor Hilary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton for helping with arrangements.

Gandolfini, 51, died Wednesday in Rome. Kobold has said an autopsy revealed the cause was a heart attack. Authorities have not released the report.

The "Sopranos" star had been en route to Sicily for an appearance at the Taormina Film Festival, which paid tribute to him Saturday.