'Silence of the Lambs' director Jonathan Demme dies at 73 in New York

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Published 26.04.2017 18:59
Updated 26.04.2017 19:02
Jonathan Demme attends the premiere of Song One hosted by The Cinema Society and Tod's at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo)
Jonathan Demme attends the premiere of "Song One" hosted by The Cinema Society and Tod's at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo)

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