Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme has passed away.
His publicist has confirmed the news this afternoon. They said that he died from complications from oesophageal cancer.
Jonathan directed many films including Philadelphia and Rachel Got Married.
Tributes have been pouring in on social media for the late director.
Deeply saddened by the passing of the most brilliant man - director, father, friend, activist. Devastating to let him go. I love you JD xT pic.twitter.com/aMFyHIIvCz— Thandie Newton (@thandienewton) 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
RIP Jonathan Demme (1944-2017)— Gallop-a-Gus (@ajnrules) April 26, 2017
Oscar winner for The Silence of the Lambs
RIP Jonathan Demme 😔 A not-so-obvious shout out to a little gem of a movie, Rachel Getting Married.— Maria Nokkonen (@marianettle) April 26, 2017
Jonathan Demme died! Damn and blast! Will have to watch "Silence of the Lambs" tonight.— mariana (@_wonderjunkie_) April 26, 2017