Organisers of Italy's Taormina Film Fest are working around the clock to add a James Gandolfini tribute to their closing ceremony this weekend (22-23Jun13).

The Sopranos star passed away on Wednesday (19Jun13) after reportedly suffering a heart attack while in Rome ahead of his appearance at the finale of the 59th annual event in Sicily.

The 51 year old was due to lead an acting master class on Saturday (22Jun13) before accepting the Taormina City Prize alongside actress Marisa Tomei, however organisers Mario Sesti and Tiziana Rocca are now planning to hold a tribute "remembering his career and talent".

Sesti and Rocca tell the Associated Press they spoke to Gandolfini just hours before his death "and he was very happy to receive this prize and be able to travel to Italy".

Meanwhile, filmmaker Michael Roskam, who directed Gandolfini's final film Animal Rescue, is dedicating the upcoming crime drama to the late star.

In a statement to, he says, "It was such an honour to work with Mr Gandolfini and nothing but a pleasure to see him perform. He was one of the greatest. I'm so sad and thinking about his family. I wanted to make him proud with the movie we made together and now it will be in his loving memory."