Lora Somoza, the ex-fiancee of late actor James Gandolfini, died on July 5 of last year in La Crescenta, California. And now new details are emerging about Somoza’s cause of death.
The former director’s assistant turned couples’ therapist and podcaster apparently slipped, hit her head and drowned in her mother’s pool, her friend, astrologist Zoe Moon, told The Sun. Somoza was 51 at the time, the same age Gandolfini was when he died of a heart attack in 2013.
“Her mother found her,” Moon told The Sun. “It was horrible. A terrible accident.”
James Gandolfini and Lora Somoza Were in Love, Friend Says
Gandolfini and Somoza met in 2000 on the set of the Brad Pitt-Julia Roberts movie “The Mexican,” in which Gandolfini also starred. After getting engaged in 2003, they broke up in 2005, per the New York Post.
“What happened to her relationship with James was such a sad thing because they were both so in love with each other,” Moon said. “They were just madly, insanely in love when they were together. It was like a soulmate kind of thing.”
According to Moon, the couple went their separate ways over their differing readiness to have children. Somoza wanted them; Gandolfini did not. At the time, Somoza also reportedly needed to care for her ailing grandmother, who had Alzheimer’s disease.
Gandolfini went on to marry former model Deborah Lin. They had two children together, Michael and Liliana.
“The irony was that she went on to be in a relationship where she couldn’t have them and he went on to a relationship where he did,” Moon told The Sun. “That was just mind-boggling and really, really difficult for Lora. They both had a very short life after they broke up so I wish they could have found a way to stay together.”
One of Somoza’s Final Posts Was a Tribute to Gandolfini
On June 18, 2020, the day before the anniversary of James Gandolfini’s death, Somoza posted to Instagram a picture of the two of them together. She captioned it, “It’s been 7 years. You will always be loved and missed. #love #missyou #rip.”
It would be one of the last social media posts she would ever make.
“She never stopped seeing him as the love of her life and never stopped loving him,” Moon told The Sun.
Moreover, the astrologer, who collaborated with Somoza on some podcasts, said Somoza was “very grounding” for Gandolfini, keeping him focused through a turbulent period of his life. The late podcaster was also very sharp-witted, Moon said.
“Lora had been working on a show idea when she passed away. She was very ambitious and very driven,” she added.