[quote]Gandolfini also enjoyed back-to-back orders of fried prawns slathered with mayonnaise chili sauce — as well as a heaping portion of foie gras.
Don't forget the four shots of rum, two pina coladas, and two beers at dinner.
When was the last time you had 8 drinks at dinner, ladies, before toddling off to a bar or nightspot for more?
And this is considered bad? Hell, the only thing missing is a bj and it would have been perfect. That's the way to go, if you ask me.
I'm with R2. He should have lived to be 90, eating tofu and counting carbs? You anorexics are nuts. When I go, I want to go like Tony.
Link to the article here. He was dead 3 hours after that meal.
Fantastic! What a way to go. It sounds like he had a fabulous day. RIP Jim.
Yes, it would be fantastic if his actions didn't leave 2 children behind without a father.
Our course, they had to be with a drug and alcohol addict father, so that probably wasn't a picnic to live with.
Live like a pig, die like a pig. I find none of the "Henry the 8th" gluttony appealing in the least. Life's pleasures are all there for the taking. But in moderation. THAT is what increases the pleasure. A life of excess is not a joyful life. He could have had so many more years of joy. Many more years of pleasure.
If you have such a wonderful life, why cut it short?
r7, our conscious efforts to perfect ourselves is totally irrelevant and laughable. It doesn't matter a jiffy how you live or how you eat, the state of your psyche from birth is what will determine exactly how you live and die. He was who he was. Now get the hell out of the topic.
r7 is right ... previous posters are either trolling or feeling defensive about their own self-destructive decisions. No one needs two plates of fried shrimp. Foie gras is best enjoyed in portions of a bite or two. And the drinking speaks for itself ... especially considering he was supposed to be responsible for his child at the time.
Gandolfini is hardly the first brilliant actor to be a deeply troubled soul.
I'll be more interested in reading about Reva Shayne's last meal.
Hopefully he died before he could blow through all of his money. It's a shock now, but it really is better for his family.
Wow the dangerously obese seem to be flocking to this thread.
r7, there's no such thing as a "joyful life". Moderation in the mind is more important than moderation in the diet.
I can't decide if this is more, or less tasteful than the Daily News' headline yesterday "TONY'S DEAD!" in huge type.
My dad, then a widower, had just entertained friends including his new girlfriend on his lovely boat, drove them to a nice restaurant in his big new Mercedes and treated them all to a lovely dinner when he dropped dead of a heart attack. Believe me that is exactly how he wanted to go out. Enjoying life to the fullest.
Except for the fact that I was pissed my mother had died first, I was happy that my father didn't spend his old age debilitated and in
some wheel chair - an existence he had often said he did not want. After a life of hard work and a courageous war time in the Pacific during WW2 he deserved a good death even if it meant dying a few years early.
Fair enough, R17, but James G. pretty much cheated himself out of the final third of his life. He was only 51 and he might have easily enjoyed another 25 years of good living had he been willing to restrain his appetites.
r18, you really don't know very much about people do you? Everyone carries about wounds that can never heal. People don't just ENJOY life. Rich, poor, everybody has a daily battle with themselves. The gift of life is that we will sooner or later die so don't waste your fucking time. Jim didn't waste his.
Someone in another thread mentioned that Vic Tayback ended his days scarfing down deep-fried scallops smothered in tartar sauce. This doesn't sound all that different.
Maybe he "knew."
Typical fatass American attitude, celebrating excess as a virtue, even as it kills. Disgusting. This is why the rest of the world hates you, taking more than you need and glorifying it. Sick fucks.
R18, he was drinking heavily and was unhappy enough about it that he went to some AA meetings. People don't go to AA because they're having a great time drinking and drugging.
He had been through some hell and it looked like there was a lot more ahead. This isn't a guy who was having a good life and was looking forward to more of the same.
r22, it's not about the food you moronic imbecile. It's about not being made afraid of death. THAT is truly American.
Some hilariously delusional responses here. As if living life to the fullest is defined by eating ridiculously fatty foods, alcoholism, and dying a quarter century earlier than the average lifespan. That's not living life happily, that's a slow suicide; a self-punishment that lasted years.
Gluttony like his comes from the same place as a drug addiction. And that place is a sick psyche.
R11 Come back to Springfield, Annie!
[quote]Link to the article here. He was dead 3 hours after that meal.
Then the meal wouldn't have killed him. It's all the meals BEFORE that one.
r25, as opposed to self-punishment that consists of "living right". LOL
That makes no sense at all, r29. Then again, not one of your frantic attempts to make gluttony and alcoholism sound like some sort of empowering choice have made any sense.
EIGHT drinks in one meal - in front of his 13 year old son. That's not someone unafraid of death; that's someone actively seeking it out.
Ever heard the expression 'When in Rome, do as the Romans do?'
Italians EAT. The Sistine Chapel was not painted on an empty stomach.
Thank you, R30, R25 and R22. Anyone can rationalize anything. To each his own. For me, personally, I love my life and want to live to be 100. I eat and drink sometimes to excess. It's great! I also work out, watch my diet religiously most of the time, don't smoke and rarely eat red meat. I go to my heart doctor and maintain my 33 inch waist, even in my 50's. I do all the things I can to keep myself healthy. And could do better. It's a way of life for me but these are MY choices, not anyone else's. Now, of course, SOMETHING may drop me at any time. We don't get any guarantees.
But I am sure as hell not going to do anything to HELP that process along.
No one knows the motivations of this actor. But it is pretty much a safe bet that he contributed greatly to his own demise, consciously or subconsciously. On purpose or not. It's a "shame" to the living and who cared for him. Who knows what he thought? He killed himself with excess. Was it worth it? Did he live his gluttonous, excessive lifestyle with no regrets? Again, you can't ask him.
r25, smug soulless piece of work. Enjoy that 33 inch waist, for all the good it will do you in the end.
[quote]The Sistine Chapel was not painted on an empty stomach.
Michelangelo did all his best work lying on his back.
R33, no one gets out of this alive. In the meantime, I am living my life. And my waistline feels mighty fine. If you want to stuff your gaping maw with artery clogging foods and drink and drug like Henry the fucking 8th because "we're all gonna die anyway" then you are free to have that fatalist, defeatest party.
I feel sad for James Gandolfini because I think he must have been a very UNhappy person to not take care of his health any better than he did. He was not stupid. I am sure he knew his health risks. So, I am not judging HIM, just those who are sanctioning what he did with a "HELL YEAH! THAT'S THE WAY TO GO OUT!" Ugh. Those kinds of people are a big eye roll.
All food nazis need to shut up and DIE!!!
Quit telling people how to live their lives, you fucking sicko school marms. I hope people like r7 die choking on a stale kale chip.
Benjamin Franklin was an overweight, beer-swilling skirt chase. He lived to be 84. He established our first library, our first hospital, our first fire dept. etc.
Anorexic food nazi Dataloungers would refute all his accomplishments because of his diet.
RIP James Gandolfini-you lived a better life than many Dataloungers.
Just out of curiosity, how many people on this thread criticizing people's eating habits practice bareback sex?
Take note, John Goodman!
R24, you're hilarious! Americans aren't afraid of death? HAHAHAHAHA! That explains their slavish devotion to Christianity and pointing fingers at everyone else and telling them they're going to rot in, erm, hell. What do you think all that ignorance and bigotry that is a by-product of so-called religion is? What exactly do you think churches are promising to their followers? Last time I checked it was eternal life in heaven. That doesn't sound like a population that's comfortable with death. That's just a simple fairy story to cope with the fear of dying.
Amazing how many people here are offended by the idea of moderation, as if the only choices in life were starving yourself or stuffing yourself to death.
There is no way that eating, drinking, and drugging yourself to death at 51 is a better choice than enjoying your indulgences in moderation and living into your 70s and beyond.
I was coming for r24 but you beat me to it, r40!
EIGHT DRINKS AT DINNER WITH HIS 13-YEAR-OLD SON.
Regardless of what anyone thinks his caloric intake or waist size should have been, the man was clearly on a self-destructive bender and there's nothing whatsoever to admire about that. Pity, yes.
Eating feces will keep alive until I'm 100!
R44's irrational anger will probably kill him by 2015.
I know SO many people who drink heavily that are well into their sixties and seventies (most of my family), so I think his early death had more to do with genetics and less to do with habits.
We need a cook book of celebrities' last meals.
Used sanitary napkins are DELICIOUS!
Italians eat; the French eat; Spaniards eat. But usually in moderation.
For example, Italians do not drown their pasta in "gravy" (I'm Sicilian-American, and never heard that usage until a couple years ago).
I'm an obese alcoholic and this shit scares me so I'm LASHING OUT!
r40, I said Americans ARE afraid of death you ingrate.
Wow, that's really what he ate and drank during his last meal? After all it's in tabloid newspapers so it must be true.
r35 - not everybody is as boring and narcissistic as you.
Loads of Italians in Italy are skinny minnies.
How does someone know and remember what Vic Tayback ate prior to his death?
r52 yes he is but he has a really beautiful face, hopefully his mother will pay for an RD to get him down to a good size.
[quote]maintain my 33 inch waist
Since when has this been something to brag about?
30 inches is the ideal for a fit guy. 32 tends toward chubby.
I VOTED FOR BUSH TWICE AND THINK MICHAEL JACKSON IS INNOCENT!
[quote]How does someone know and remember what Vic Tayback ate prior to his death?
There was actually an article in the National Enquirer shortly after his death where Tayback's relatives claimed he ignored doctor's orders and gorged himself on fried seafood practically every day until he died of heart failure at age 60.
R59 is unhinged.
I RAPED VIC TAYBACK AND BETH HOWLAND!
R58, you are an idiot. You have no idea what actual bodies are shaped like. 30 inches would be anorexic on a bigger build guy. The waist size is in proportion to the rest of the body. There are no fixed numbers that apply across the boards.
You better calm down, fattie at r62. You're going to give yourself a heart attack.
R64 dear just because your mother couldn't get the wire hanger in her cunt far enough to abort you doesn't mean you should take your anger out on the world.
I think the fat has finally reached your brain, r65.
And then we have the 105 year old woman who eats bacon every day.
What a perfect time to plug my book, SKINNY ITALIAN.
Too much walking in Rome and too hot.
The same thing did in Tim Russert who right before his heart attack, walked all over Rome with his son, Luke, as a graduation present to Luke.
I love chicken liver
Really, r19? You really think James Gandolfini was content to die at the age of 51? He had a 9-month-old daughter, do you really believe he wouldn't have wanted to watch her grow up, be a father to her, that he didn't want that extra, normal 25 years of life to be with her? That "rich" meals were more important to him than raising his daughter? Or be with his wife, travel the world, do more acting, be with the people he loved? Sure, a few steaks, fries and shakes are worth much more than all those experiences.
R71, I believe if there's a difference between what you do and what you say you want to do, you're lying to yourself.
Gandolfini made his choices.
Really, R71? You think you know whether he was content to die or not at the age of 51? What, do you get monthly bulletins in your e-mail from the Judgie McFoodhater blog you read faithfully each night as you vomit up your dinner?
Your presumption of moral superiority on this issue makes me want to stick you in a cage, and feed you nothing but kale for three months.
You are one fucked up bitch, bitch (or, if you prefer, "bro").
"There was actually an article in the National Enquirer shortly after his death where Tayback's relatives claimed he ignored doctor's orders and gorged himself on fried seafood practically every day until he died of heart failure at age 60."
I seriously doubt that Vic Tayback's relatives went to the National Enquirer and spilled their guts about their late loved one's deplorable eating habits. That article sounds like a pile of shit. Vic Tayback was a familiar character actor, but no star; it says something about that sleazy rag that it would take the time and effort to disparage Vic Tayback. And for his supposed eating habits! It's a shame; according to people who knew him he was a very nice man. Desperate to smear anybody, the National Enquirer apparently wanted to portray him as a gluttonous slob.
As for Gandolfini...well, he obvious had some serious problems. The food was bad enough, but everybody is entitled to pig out once in a while. But if the accounts of his drinking are accurate, then he was in real trouble. EIGHT drinks at one meal? Rum, pina coladas and beer? That is truly excessive. Could it have been that this last meal and all those drinks were not the usual thing for him, that he was just stuffing himself and tossing back drinks as a kind of celebration at being in Italy with his family? I shudder to think that he eat like that and drank like that ALL the time. If that was the case, then an early death was all but inevitable.
"Tayback was a familiar character actor, but no star."
What are you smoking? ALICE was a hit show and on for ten years. Tayback was very well known during that whole period and up to his death.
We can't help it if your mother let fat old men pinch a loaf in your mouth for a bump of crack.
r3 thinks binge drinking is LIVING!
[quote]the state of your psyche from birth is what will determine exactly how you live and die.
Huh? I imagine you have studies supporting this gibberish!? Don't tell me, you also like to prattle on about "karma" when given the chance, huh?
[quote] Ever heard the expression 'When in Rome, do as the Romans do?' Italians EAT.
But they don't drink piña coladas. At least, the men don't.
[quote]And then we have the 105 year old woman who eats bacon every day.
Chances are she never touches cocaine, let alone having eight cocktails with two dinners eaten one right after the other.
R13, the obese do not flock. They herd.
And, yes, one must try not to be stepped or sat on while visiting this thread.
R75 is one of those sniping cunts that flits into a thread looking for somewhere to crap, and then flits out again. She's a very busy girl. She must be keeping that colon awfully busy.
[quote]I seriously doubt that Vic Tayback's relatives went to the National Enquirer and spilled their guts about their late loved one's deplorable eating habits. That article sounds like a pile of shit.
I remember the article. It specifically stated that his passion for fried scallops was so great that he would eat them several times a week, and that he ignored the doctor's advice to lose weight and take better care of himself.
Why would anyone doubt it when the Enquirer is always printing ridiculous stories about celebrities' private habits?
R83 speaking of toilets, open up your mouth so I can shit in it.
I can not believe all the authorities we have on Vic Tayback here at Datalounge.
If you like Piña Coladas
Slathered prawns with mayonnaise
And you're not all that healthy
You'll wind up like Cobain
"Why would anyone doubt it when the Enquirer is always printing ridiculous stories about celebrities' private habits?"
Either you're trying to be annoying or you're very dense. The National Enquirer is a tabloid that prints a lot of falsehoods regularly. Everybody knows that, except you. Now you know.
This is why I love DataLounge: it has multiple Vic Tayback trolls!
What he ate before he died is being disputed. I can't remember who it was, but someone interviewed on Inside Edition said that he didn't eat the piles of prawns with chili mayonaise and didn't drink the pina coladas. Still, a meal of foie gras and rum and beer isn't exactly good for one's health.
In the last pictures of him some have said he looked "healthy" and was "enjoying himself."
Actually, in the last photos of him he looks heavy, tired and older than his years. His weight at the time of his death was supposedly 260 pounds. That's not "healthy."
The NY Post has been raking him over the coals. A recent piece said that his former wife claimed (she's not quoted) that he would go on cocaine benders that would last for two weeks and that he had "kinky sex" with other women while they were married. "Kinky sex?" How would she know that? Was she hiding under the bed? Anyway, the NY Post is doing its best to portray him in as unflattering a light as possible.
I honestly don't think I've seen Vic Tayback's name in print this often since 1985.
Hold me, David. I'm scared.