Jonathan Demme, the Oscar-winning director of The Silence Of The Lambs has sadly passed away at the age of 73. According to Deadline, the filmmaker died from esophageal cancer and complications from heart disease at 3.30am New York time with his family around him.
Demme was also responsible for Academy Award-winning drama Philadelphia starring Tom Hanks, in addition to other classics including Rachel Getting Married, Melvin and Howard, Swing Shift, and Married to the Mob. His earlier work included working alongside B-movie legend Roger Corman, when he co-wrote and produced both Angels Hard as They Come, and Hot Box.
The filmmaker’s final feature was last year’s documentary/ concert film Justin Timberlake + the Tennessee Kids, which debuted at the 2016 Toronto Film Festival, before hitting a wide audience on Netflix.
Filmoria sends its sincerest thoughts to Jonathan’s family and friends during this sad time.