US Film and TV director / producer Jonathan Demme, best known for Silence of the Lambs, has died aged 73.
He died surrounded by family in Manhattan, from complications from oesophageal cancer.
Demme was working well up until his death, recently directing an episode of Shots Fired, which airs today in the US.
Demme made a name for himself as a filmmaker who voraciously tackled a variety of genres, easily switching from horror to drama to documentary. The Silence of the Lambs swept the Academy Awards winning a best director statuette for Demme and one for best picture.
He soon followed that success with Philadelphia, a drama about a lawyer with HIV starring Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington. He also directed The Manchurian Candidate, Getting Married, Ricki and the Flash, Swimming to Cambodia, Something Wild, Swing Shift, Caged Heat, plus docos and music specials for Talking Heads, Justin Timberlake, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, The Pretenders and UB40.
He was also busy in TV including episodes of The Killing, Enlightened, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Saturday Night Live, Columbo and American Playhouse.