Filmmaker Jonathan Demme has died from esophageal cancer and heart disease at age 73.
Demme is best known as the director of movies ‘Silence of the Lambs’ and ‘Philadelphia’ but he also had a long history in capturing live music for the big screen.
Demme’s first major music work was the 1984 Talking Heads live concert movie ‘Stop Making Sense’.
In 1994 he made ‘The Complex Sessions’ with Neil Young and then later directed ‘Neil Young: Heart of Gold’ (2006), ‘Neil Young Trunk Show’ (2009) and ‘Neil Young Journeys’ (2012).
More recently Jonathan Demme directed ‘Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids’.
Tributes are pouring into Twitter for the acclaimed director.
— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) April 26, 2017
jonathan demme was a kind man and an inspired genius, so incredibly sad to hear of his passing.
— moby XⓋX (@thelittleidiot) April 26, 2017
Jonathan Demme was a great artist, humanitarian, activist & a warm encouraging colleague. I've known very few like him. He will be missed https://t.co/wQv5QRqHoN
— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) April 26, 2017
— Nic Harcourt (@nicharcourt) April 26, 2017
Deeply sad to hear my friend, neighbor, and colleague Jonathan Demme has passed on. He was one of the real good guys. I miss you, buddy.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) April 26, 2017
RIP Jonathan Demme. Inspiring filmmaker, musical explorer, ornithologist (!), and truly wonderful and generous person.
— Jim Jarmusch (@JimJarmusch) April 26, 2017
Jonathan Demme and self in New York in 1996. He loved people, he loved filming them; I am so sad to hear he's gone. RIP JD xx pic.twitter.com/wbgdNZfih7
— Robyn Hitchcock (@RobynHitchcock) April 26, 2017
Jonathan Demme was a gifted and versatile filmmaker. RIP.
— Michael McKean (@MJMcKean) April 26, 2017