The question has vexed "Sopranos" fans for seven years now, ever since the final episode abruptly went black as if everyone's TV had just stopped working.

Did Tony Soprano die in the final scene?

Many have interpreted the ending as creator David Chase's way of illustrating the mob boss' sudden death while he sat with his family in a restaurant.

Chase has been asked many times, but has never given a definitive answer.

In a new profile of Chase, the question came up once again:

I had been talking with Chase for a few years when I finally asked him whether Tony was dead. We were in a tiny coffee shop, when, in the middle of a low-key chat about a writing problem I was having, I popped the question. Chase startled me by turning toward me and saying with sudden, explosive anger, “Why are we talking about this?” I answered, “I’m just curious.” And then, for whatever reason, he told me…

He shook his head “no.” And he said simply, “No he isn’t.” That was all.

Finally. Closure.

Or not... Chase's rep said after the article came out (and went viral) that his statement was "misconstrued."

"Whether Tony Soprano is alive or dead is not the point. To continue to search for this answer is fruitless. The final scene of ‘The Sopranos’ raises a spiritual question that has no right or wrong answer," said Chase's rep.

The only thing we can say for sure is that Martha MacCallum is a "Sopranos" fan and she broke it all down this morning (video above.)

Her conclusion: the guy in the Members Only jacket shot Tony in the restaurant. She pointed back to an earlier line in the show in which Tony presumed that when he died it would all "go black."

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