James Gandolfini’s ex-fiancé Lora Somoza died in ‘terrible accident’

New details have been released about the tragic death of James Gandolfini’s former fiancé, Lora Somoza.

The sex therapist died in July last year at the age of 51, at the same age as The sopranos star when he had a fatal heart attack in 2013.

According to The sun, Somoza died in a “horrific accident” when she slipped, hit her head and fell into her family’s swimming pool in Los Angeles.

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James Gandolfini and Lora Somoza during The Sopranos season 5 premiered in New York City in 2004.
James Gandolfini and Lora Somoza pictured during The Sopranos season 5 premiere in 2004. (Getty)

“She was at her parents’ house and she slipped, hit her head and drowned in the pool,” astrologer and friend Zoe Moon told the newspaper. “Her mother found her. It was awful. A terrible accident.”

Somoza met Gandolfini in 2000 when she was working as an assistant director on the set for his film The Mexican. The couple became engaged three years later, but divorced in 2005. At the time of his death, the actor had been married to former model Deborah Lin for four years.

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In a praise post posted online after Somoza’s death, her grieving father, Thomas, touched on her relationship with the Hollywood actor.

“He wanted to play a big role in Lora’s life … they were romantically involved for several years and were actually engaged to get married,” Thomas wrote. “For various reasons, they did not succeed, and they went their separate ways.”

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In fact, one of Somoza’s last posts on Instagram last year was about her ex.

“It’s been 7 years. You will always be loved and missed #love #missyou #rip,” she wrote ahead of his death on June 19, posting a selfie of them.

Somoza was found dead weeks later on July 5, 2020.

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