The Silence of the Lambs director Jonathan Demme has sadly passed away at the age of 73.
According to IndieWire, the Oscar winner died this morning (April 26) in New York, with the cause said to be oesophageal cancer and complications from heart disease. He was originally treated for the disease in 2010, but suffered a recurrence in 2015.
Edgar Wright, Pixar's Andrew Stanton and Evil Dead star Jane Levy have been among those paying tribute to Demme on Twitter.
Very sad to hear of the passing of the great Jonathan Demme. Admired his movies, his documentaries, his concert films. He could do anything.- edgarwright (@edgarwright) April 26, 2017
Silence Of the Lambs is at the top of my list. Thank you for the gift Jonathan Demme, brilliant twisted mind Rest In Peace- Jane Levy (@jcolburnlevy) April 26, 2017
RIP Jonathan Demme. Too soon.- andrew stanton (@andrewstanton) April 26, 2017
Met tons through the Moonlight run but my man Demme was the kindest, most generous. A MASSIVE soul. He lived in love. And rests in peace.- Barry Jenkins (@BandryBarry) April 26, 2017
Jonathan Demme dead? No. He was too free, exciting,curious + generous. When we did our BBC Scene by Scene with him we all fell a bit in love- mark cousins (@markcousinsfilm) April 26, 2017
I only worked with him once - he was just like his films: brilliant, curious & original. RIP Jonathan Demme - a truly great filmmaker. pic.twitter.com/eoHwxffZL3- Beau Willimon (@BeauWillimon) April 26, 2017
RIP Jonathan Demme. Director's director. Such love for his subject matter. Gorgeous moments and images devoid of vanity. One of the best.- Jay Baruchel (@BaruchelNDG) April 26, 2017
The Silence of the Lambs remains only one of three movies to have won the 'Big Five' Oscars of Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Screenplay, alongside It Happened One Night (1934) and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975).
Its achievement was all the most remarkable given that the adaptation is the only horror movie ever to win the Best Picture Oscar.
Demme followed The Silence of the Lambs up with AIDS drama Philadelphia which saw Tom Hanks win an Oscar for Best Actor.
His other movies included Talking Heads documentary Stop Making Sense, Meryl Streep comedy Ricki and the Flash and Anne Hathaway drama Rachel Getting Married that saw her gain an Oscar nomination.
Demme's most recent movie was concert documentary Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids, released in 2016.
He is survived by his wife Joanne Howard and their three children.
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