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'Silence of the Lambs' Director Jonathan Demme Dies at 73

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Director Jonathan Demme attends the "Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids" premiere during the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival at Roy Thomson Hall on September 13, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Wednesday, 26 Apr 2017 12:02 PM

Movie director Jonathan Demme, best known for "The Silence of the Lambs" has died at the age of 73, his publicist said Wednesday.

Demme, who also directed the Oscar winning film "Philadelphia" was suffering from esophageal cancer, publicist Annalee Paulo said in a statement. She said he died in New York on Wednesday morning surrounded by his family.

Demme's most recent film was the 2015 comedy "Ricki and the Flash," starring Meryl Streep as an ageing rocker.

New York-born Demme, who lived in the lower Hudson Valley village of Upper Nyack, won the directing Oscar for the 1991 thriller "The Silence of the Lambs", which also won Oscars for best picture and for its stars Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster.

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Movie director Jonathan Demme, best known for "The Silence of the Lambs" has died at the age of 73, his publicist said Wednesday. Demme, who also directed the Oscar winning film "Philadelphia" was suffering from esophageal cancer, publicist Annalee Paulo said in a statement.
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