James Gandolfini's funeral will likely be next week with a portion of it to be open to the public.

Michael Kobold, a friend of James Gandolfini's family (Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

Acknowledging the outpouring of grief over the sudden death of the 51-year-old, family friend Michael Kobold told the New York Daily News, “We can’t have a private funeral with something this big." He expects Gandolfini's body to be back in the United States next Wednesday or Thursday.

Gandolfini's sister Leta formally identified his body on Friday clearing the way for it to be returned home.