(TMZ) - James Gandolfini's shocking death happened in the middle of a "guy's trip" for the actor and his teenage son, Michael, TMZ has learned.

Multiple sources tell TMZ that James' trip was for pleasure and business - first getting to spend some QT in Italy with Michael, who just recently graduated from the 8th grade, and then attending the Taormina Film Festival in Sicily.

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TMZ reports that Michael's mom - James' first wife Marcy Wudarski - immediately flew to Italy on Wednesday to be with her son, after she was told James had died.

James and his son were very tight - Michael is a big hockey fan, and he and his father were regulars at LA Kings home games.


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