Paramedic accused of stealing James Gandolfini’s Rolex as he was dying

James Gandolfini attends the premiere of 'Cinema Verite' at Paramount Theater on the Paramount Studios lot on April 11, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Todd Williamson/Invision/AP)

ROME (WTNH)– An Italian paramedic is accused of stealing James Gandolfini’s $3,000 Rolex as the actor lay dying in Rome.

TMZ reports that Claudio Bevilacqua’s trial started Monday,  after he was accused of stealing the now deceased actor’s Rolex Submariner. It is unclear if the watch was stolen right off Gandolfini’s body or if it was stolen from his room at the Boscolo Luxury Hotel Exedra where Gandolfini was found unconscious.

The 51-year-old Sopranos’ star died in June 2013 after suffering a massive heart attack. After he was found on the hotel’s bathroom floor by his son, Gandolfini was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

According to TMZ, Gandolfini’s people reported the Rolex missing to his insurance company months after his death, but there was no suspect named in the theft at the time.

Bevilacqua was not present in court for the brief hearing.

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