Five things you need to know for Thursday
By Tim Swift, The Baltimore Sun
Last night after news of his death, the web was flooded with tributes to James Gandolfini, the actor most famous for playing Tony Soprano. And this morning, not much has changed as Gandolfini and Sopranos terms are trending on Twitter, Reddit and Google. Meanwhile, the Miami Heat's LeBron James is preparing for the deciding game of the NBA Finals against the San Antonio Spurs. Also trending: Paula Deen is in full damage control mode, Stephen Colbert heartfelt tribute to his mother has gone viral and the Supreme Court could rule as early as this morning on major same-sex marriage cases. Welcome to your online trends report for Thursday, June 20, 2013.
James Gandolfini (Tony Soprano, New Jersey)
Trending on: National Twitter, Baltimore Twitter, Google Trends, Google Plus, Reddit
Why: James Gandolfini, whose remarkable performance as mob boss Tony Soprano in HBO's "The Sopranos" re-imagined the anti-hero for American television, is dead at 51 years of age. The actor, who is believed to have died of a heart attack, was traveling in Italy at the time of his death Wednesday. HBO confirmed his death. [ The Baltimore Sun ]