Casino Jack director found dead in Denver

11.01.10 8 years ago 11 Comments

George Hickenlooper, who directed Kevin Spacey in

In a statement Saturday, Denver mayor and Colorado Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Hickenlooper says his cousin died of apparent natural causes. Police say he was found dead Saturday morning. [AP]

Really, dude?  Natural causes at 47?  Jesus, I’m glad you’re not running for surgeon general.

He died in his sleep of a heart attack, said his father, George Hickenlooper Jr., a St. Louis playwright.  “It was a complete shock,” his father said. “I don’t think he was aware of any health problems.”

Mr. Hickenlooper directed the 2006 movie “Factory Girl,” which imagines a love triangle among Bob Dylan, model Edie Sedgwick and artist Andy Warhol. He told the Post-Dispatch in 2007 that Dylan had threatened to sue him over the script.

He also directed the 2001 movie “The Man from Elysian Fields” starring Mick Jagger, Andy Garcia and Angelica Huston. His breakthrough movie, which premièred at the Cannes Film Festival in 1991, was “Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse,” a documentary about the making of “Apocalypse Now.”

Besides his father, Mr. Hickenlooper is survived by his wife, Suzanne; a son, Charles; and his mother, Barbara Wenger of St. Louis. Funeral arrangements are pending and will be in Los Angeles. [StLouisToday]

I don’t really know what to say about this, but it’s crappy news.  It’s always tragic when parents outlive their children (even more so if the parents are A-holes).  Not to mention, he probably passed before he’d had a chance to see the last Saw movie.  (Thoughts and prayers, etc., sorry, I suck at this).

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