Film director Jonathan Demme, creator of the famous films “Silence of the Lambs” and “Philadelphia” died at 73 on Apr. 26, 2017.
Demme became known early in his career for “quirky social satires” that led critics to compare him to Preston Sturges
Demme died of complications from esophageal cancer according to his publicist, said CNN News.
Demme was aware of his cancer in 2015 according to The New York Times.
“I am heartbroken to lose a friend, a mentor, a guy so singular and dynamic you’d have to design a hurricane to contain him,” “Silence of the Lambs” star Jodie Foster said in a statement according to Rolling Stone Magazine.
“Jonathan was as quirky as his comedies and as deep as his dramas. He was pure energy; the unstoppable cheerleader for anyone creative. Just as passionate about music as he was about art, he was and will always be a champion of the soul. JD, most beloved, something wild, brother of love, director of the lambs. Love that guy. Love him so much” Foster told Rolling Stone Magazine.
Demme had been working on directing a show called “Shots Fired” which ironically, a new episode that he directed also aired Apr. 26, 2017, which the LA Times called a “tribute of sorts”.
According to Variety News, Demme also filmed the 2016 concert film “Justin Timberlake + the Tennessee Kids.” His most recent narrative feature was 2015’s “Ricki and the Flash,” starring actress Meryl Streep as an aging rocker who must return home to Indiana due to a family crisis.
According to CNN News, Demme was not just a big movie lover but also a big lover of music, filling his movies with songs and directing documentaries or videos for such artists as Neil Young, the Pretenders, Bruce Springsteen and Justin Timberlake.
According to Chicago Tribute Demme said in an interview,
“I love humanity and I’m fascinated with the way humanity gets at each other, in good ways and bad. And as a filmmaker it gives me the opportunity to trip out on that. Those don’t sound like the pronouncements of a great American filmmaker. In their casual way, though, that’s exactly what they were.”
There has not been a set date for the funeral of Mr. Demme or any further information about his death so far.