An acclaimed director passes:
Jonathan Demme has passed away at the age of 73. He was an acclaimed diresctor who made iconic movies such as “The Silence of the Lambs” and “Philadelphia”. He was an Oscar winning director and he has made what is considered one of the greatest concert movies ever; Talking Heads documentary “Stop Making Sense”.
Annalee Paulo, Demme’s publicist, stated that the acclaimed director passed away in his apartment in New York. He was surrounded by his wife, Joanna and their three children.
She confirmed that Demme passed away from complications stemming from esophageal cancer.
Demme started his career in the early 1970s, working with the renound Roger Corman, who is known as the B-movie master. Demme’s body of work was both phenomenal and extremely diverse. In 1991 he directed the hit “”The Silence of the Lambs,” for which he won the Academy Award for best director.
He also made “Something Wild,” and ”Rachel Getting Married”. As well as several documentaries, including the Spalding Grey documentary “Swimming to Cambodia.” He has also made several concert films, last of which was “Justin Timberlake and the Tennessee Kids” which was released last year.
All around Hollywood, stars, writers and directors mourned Demme’s passing. They took on to Twitter to express their grief and offer their condolences.
Ron Howard wrote: “Jonathan Demme was a great artist, humanitarian, activist & a warm encouraging colleague. I’ve known very few like him. He will be missed.”
While writer Stephen King tweeted: “Deeply sad to hear my friend, neighbor, and colleague Jonathan Demme has passed on. He was one of the real good guys. I miss you, buddy.
While actor Elijah Wood said: “Sad to hear that Jonathan Demme has passed.”