Pink Panther Creator & Julie Andrews’ Husband Blake Edwards Dead

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Julie Andrews’ husband Blake Edwards has died at the age of 88.

“Pink Panther” creator Blake Edwards died at St. John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, California on Wednesday night, suffering complications from pneumonia.   He was 88.

Edwards had been in the hospital for two weeks and was already battling knee problems.   He had been “pretty much confined to a wheelchair for the last year-and-a-half or two”, according to his rep.

His wife, actress Julie Andrews, and other family members were by his bedside at his time of death.

Edwards was born William Blake Crump in Tulsa, Oklahoma, beginning his career as an actor and screenwriter.

Blake caught his big break on Orson Welles’ production of “War of the Worlds” and later wrote screenplays for detective series Richard Diamond, Private Detective and Peter Gunn.

Edwards began working as a director, working with Audrey Hepburn on “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” in 1961.

But the writer and dcomic genius behind the Pink Panther series, teaming up with Peter Sellers for six of the hit movies in the franchise.

His other comedy credits include 10, Victor/Victoria and black comedy S.O.B., all starring Andrews, his wife of 41 years.

In 2004, he was presented with an Honorary Academy Award in recognition of his extensive body of film work.

Edwards is survived by Andrews, his two children Jennifer and Geoffrey from his first marriage to Patricia Walker, and two adopted kids from Vietnam, Amelia Leigh and Joanna Lynne.   Blake was also stepfather to Julie’s daughter Emma, from her previous marriage.

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