Paramedic who treated James Gandolfini on trial for allegedly stealing his watch

A paramedic who helped treat Sopranos actor James Gandolfini in Rome shortly before his death in 2013 is on trial for allegedly stealing the watch off of his wrist.

Claudio Bevilacqua, 43, one of the attending paramedics who tended to Gandolfini after he suffered an (eventually fatal) heart attack, is accused of stealing Gandolfini’s Rolex Submariner, which is worth a cool $3,000 USD.

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It has not been confirmed if the watch taken from Gandolfini’s hotel room or if it was still on his wrist we he collapsed, according to NBC.

Bevilacqua’s trial started up on Monday, but the presiding judge pushed it back to November, so it’ll be many months before there’s any sort of closure.

Gandolfini was 51 when he died while vacationing in Rome.

“He was a genius,” said Sopranos creator David Chase. “Anyone who saw him even in the smallest of his performances knows that. He is one of the greatest actors of this or any time. A great deal of that genius resided in those sad eyes.”

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HBO called the actor a “special man, a great talent, but more importantly a gentle and loving person who treated everyone, no matter their title or position, with equal respect.”

Gandolfini and his now-widow, Deborah, were married in 2008, and they have a daughter, Liliana, born in 2012. The actor and his first wife, Marcy, have a teenage son, Michael.

Gandolfini’s performance in The Sopranos was his ticket to fame, but he evaded being stereotyped as a mobster after the drama’s breathtaking blackout ending in 2007.

With files from The Associated Press

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