US state to lower flags for actor Gandolfini
NEW YORK (AFP) - Flags will fly at half staff on Monday on official buildings in New Jersey as a mark of respect for The Sopranos star James Gandolfini, a native of the north-eastern state, officials said.
In an executive order issued on Friday, Governor Chris Christie said the symbolic move served "to recognise the achievements and contributions of James Gandolfini", who died in Rome on Wednesday.
Gandolfini "was an iconic actor and will be remembered for the timeless impact he left upon television and film in the State of New Jersey and across our nation," Mr Christie wrote.
The actor, who died of a heart attack aged 51, was born in Westwood, 40km north of New York, went to local schools and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the state's Rutgers University.