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Gandolfini’s Rolex ‘snatched’ on day he died

A Rolex watch belonging to the late Sopranos star James Gandolfini was allegedly snatched from his hotel room in Rome hours after he died.

Gandolfini's Rolex 'snatched' on day he died
James Gandolfini was staying at the Boscolo Exedra Roma Hotel. Photo: Lucy Nicholson/AFP

An insurance form has been filed by Gandolfini’s family claiming someone stole the €2,250 watch from his room at Boscolo Exedra Roma Hotel, La Stampa reported on Thursday, quoting the US gossip website, TMZ.

While no suspect is mentioned in the form, the family believes someone may have taken the watch in the hours after he died of a heart attack. There was also no damage to the room or mention of a forced entry.

Gandolfini was found having a heart attack in his room by a family member on June 20th. The 51-year-old had been due to attend Taormina’s Film Festival in Sicily a few days after. 

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Body of missing American tourist found in Rome’s River Tiber

The body of a missing 21-year-old tourist was found in the River Tiber on Thursday morning, according to media reports.

Body of missing American tourist found in Rome's River Tiber

Elijah Oliphant, from Dallas, Texas, was on holiday with his family in Rome when he went missing several days ago.

Oliphant’s parents reported his disappearance after he left his hotel room shortly after midnight on May 24th and did not return.

Hotel security footage showed him leaving the premises wearing a white undershirt and pyjama bottoms, which he was wearing when he was found.

Oliphant’s corpse was reportedly spotted by passersby near the Ponte Sisto bridge in Rome’s Trastevere district around 10am on Thursday morning. His body was positively identified by his parents.

Members of the fire brigade and river police who recovered the body say there were no obvious signs of violence, but an autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death. Trastevere police are reportedly investigating the matter.

The Oliphant family had arrived in Rome for a holiday on May 23rd. When Elijah went missing the following day, his parents launched an urgent appeal to help find their son.

His disappearance was featured on the missing persons television show, Chi l’ha visto (‘Who’s seen them?’) on May 25th.

Several foreigners have been found drowned in the Tiber in recent years, though there are no indication that any of the incidents are linked.

In 2016, the body of 19-year-old American student Beau Solomon was recovered from the river.

Rough sleeper Massimo Galioto was charged involuntary manslaughter in the case, but was ultimately acquitted in 2020.

Prosecutors said that Galioto pushed Solomon in the course of a violent argument. Galioto’s defense team acknowledged that the two had argued but said the student had accidentally slipped.

In May 2019, 37-year-old Imen Chatbouri, a former athletics champion from Tunisia, was found dead in the Tiber after a night out. CCTV footage later showed she had been pushed from the Ponte Sisto bridge.

A then-26-year-old man whose advances she had rejected earlier that evening was convicted of her murder in November 2021.

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