Veteran actor Sir Christopher Lee has already bid the entertainment world goodbye. According to multiple media outlets, the star of many huge film franchises has already died at age 93.
The English actor made a mark in the industry after appearing in more than 250 movies. Sir Christopher Lee made a name for himself after taking the role of Dracula in Hammer horror films’ Frankenstein.
Christopher Lee was also known for his villain roles including the wizard Saruman in “The Lord of the Rings” and the antagonist Scaramanga in “James Bond.” The other roles wherein he played notable performances include the movies “Star Wars” and “The Wicker Man.”
The English-born icon was diagnosed with respiratory problems and heart failure which caused his death. According to BBC News, Lee died on Sunday at London’s Chelsea and Westminster hospital.
The death of Sir Christopher Lee was confirmed by Kensington and Chelsea’s Royal Borough council representative. The spokesman said that according to the Register Office, the death certificate of the actor was issued on Monday, June 8, confirming his death on Sunday, June 7.
Aside from being recognized as a distinguished actor, Lee was awarded a Bafta fellowship in 2011. In 2009, Lee was knighted for his contribution to charity and drama. Fans and stars shared their sentiments on social media platforms including Twitter.
Roger Moore tweeted, “It’s terribly [sad] when you lose an old friend, and Christopher Lee was one of my oldest. We first met in 1948.”
Dominic Monaghan who co-stared with Lee in Lord of the Rings also tweeted, “So, so sorry to hear that Christopher Lee has passed away. He was a fascinating person.”
Director Tim Burton regarded Sir Christopher Lee as “an enormous inspiration” after having worked with the veteran on five movies which include Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as well as Sleepy Hollow.
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