After many years of sharing his talent, the Oscar-winning filmmaker, Jonathan Demme, died Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at the age of 73. This was after a two-year battle with esophageal cancer, according to a statement released by his publicist.

Demme is most popular for directing The Silence of The Lamb. This film became one of only three movies to win Oscars in the five major categories in March 1992. It was so successful that it had multiple sequels and eventually became a television series. Jodie Foster, a star in the movie, stated,” 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. 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…” Foster went on to describe Demme as a “brother of love.”

He is also known for directing the 1993 movie, Philadelphia, in which Tom Hanks acted as an attorney who gets fired and sues his law firm. This was the first major film production in that area. Sharon Pinkenson, executive director of the Greater Philadelphia Film Office, describes Johnathan Demme as “a very gentle soul and extremely passionate.”

A private funeral will be scheduled for relatives.

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