James Gandolfini's funeral plans set for Thursday


The actor's funeral service will be held at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in New York City at 10 a.m.

ABC News learned his body was expected to arrive in New York Sunday on a charter plane just after 9 p.m. ET.

Gandolfini's family has been working with authorities in both Italy and the United States to repatriate his body as soon as possible, something they say they're extremely grateful for.

"We the family would like to thank the United States government, especially Secretary Kerry and our friends at the State Department for helping us in this time of need," said Michael Kobold, a spokesman for the Gandolfini family. Kobold also thanked Italian officials for their cooperation.

Gandolfini died Wednesday night in Italy. His body was discovered in a Rome hotel room by a family member. He was 51 years old.

An autopsy report on Friday confirmed that the actor died of a heart attack, with no evidence of substance abuse.

The actor had been headed to Sicily to appear at the Taormina Film Festival, which paid tribute to him Saturday.

ABC News contributed to this report.

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