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US Actor and ‘The Godfather’ Star, James Caan dies at 82

US actor James Caan, who rose to fame for his portrayal of Sonny Corleone in The Godfather, has died aged 82 his family announced.

A leading man in Hollywood throughout the 1970s whose career spanned decades; he was nominated for an Oscar, an Emmy and four Golden Globes.

Caan’s family thanked fans on Thursday for an “outpouring of love and heartfelt condolences”.

“It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Jimmy on the evening of July 6. The family appreciates the outpouring of love and heartfelt condolences and asks that you continue to respect their privacy during this difficult time,” a statement on his official Twitter account read.

No cause of death was given.

Caan, who was best known for playing Santino “Sonny” Corleone, the older brother to Al Pacino’s Michael, reflected on the iconic Francis Ford Coppola film for its 50th anniversary earlier this year.

“One of the things that made ‘The Godfather’ successful, besides brilliant directing and writing and wonderful actors … was that everyone really enjoyed making it, and that comes off on the screen,” Caan told the Post in March. “And I think the audience can tell that we were having a good time doing what we were doing up there.”

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