David R. Ellis, the director of the thriller “Snakes on a Plane”, has been found dead at the age of 60.
The director was found dead in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he was filming his latest movie “Kite”.
David R. Ellis began his career as a child actor, appearing in the Kurt Russell film “The Strongest Man in the World” in 1975. He later performed as a stuntman, doing stunts for movies including “Scarface” and “Smokey and the Bandit”, before working his way to becoming a director.
He directed the movies “Snakes on a Plane” and “Shark Night 3D”.
Police confirmed the death of David R. Ellis, revealing that the hotel manager discovered Ellis’ body in his hotel’s rooms bathroom at around 1 p.m. Monday. He was last seen alive in the hotel’s restaurant on Saturday.
“Nothing was found to be missing from his room and no foul play is being suspected at this stage,” according to Lt. Col. Lungelo Dlamini.
Samuel L. Jackson, the star of “Snakes on a Plane”, tweeted his condolences after learning of his death.
Jackson wrote, “So sad to hear of David R. Ellis’ passing! So talented, so kind, such a good friend. He’ll be missed. Gone too soon!”
Before Ellis’ death, he worked on the 2011 3D horror action flick “Shark Night 3D” and in the upcoming 2013 releases “R.I.P.D.” and “47 Ronin”.
He is survived by his wife Cindy and their three children.
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