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Sopranos Actor Kills Self

Dec. 26 2008, Updated 1:27 p.m. ET

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John Costelloe, who played Jim "Johnny Cakes" Witowski on The Sopranos, the gay lover of a closeted mobster, was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his Brooklyn, New York, home. He was 47.

He took his life last week but was only now discovered.

"I was shocked when I heard, and it still hasn't really sunk in,'' friend and fellow Sopranos actor Joseph Gannascoli told the New York Post. "I never detected anything troubling about him. I enjoyed all the time I ever spent with him.''

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Costelloe was currently starring as con man in an off-off-Broadway production of Gang of Seven.

Playwright Jim Neu said that Costelloe was a little off in his last shows but, when asked, he denied anything was wrong.

"If he wanted to reach out to people, we were right in front of him. I wish he did,'' Neu said.


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