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‘Silence of the Lambs’ Director Jonathan Demme Has Died

Film icon and master director Jonathan Demme has reportedly passed away in his New York City home.

He was the director of many films, including Philadelphia, Rachel Getting Married and, most famously, Silence of the Lambs, for which he won an Oscar.

He was also a hugely well-regarded concert film director, with his Talking Heads concert film Stop Making Sense being widely considered a pinnacle of the genre. He had recently finished Justin Timberlake’s wildly engaging concert film Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids, which released on Netflix to rave reviews.

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He reportedly passed away from complications from esophageal cancer, which he’d wrestled with for years but had worsened in recent weeks. He was 73.

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