Documentary Filmmaker George Hickenlooper Passes Away At 47

October 31st, 2010 - 6:49 pm ICT by GD  

By Gina Gomez
g2Denver, Oct 31, (THAINDIAN NEWS) Documentary filmmaker George Hickenlooper passed away on October 29, 2010 leaving his friends and family mourning for his death. His family confirmed the news to the media stating that George Hickenlooper passed away in his sleep and he was found dead yesterday morning in Denver. The renowned director was 47-years-old and he is survived by his wife Suzanne, his son Charles, his mother and father and a younger brother.

George Hickenlooper had traveled to Denver to support the campaign of his cousin, John Hickenlooper and also to attend next week’s Starz Denver Film Festival. The family reportedly said that the director of “Casino Jack” is supposed to have died of natural causes and no foul play is suspected. The director’s cousin John Hickenlooper expressed his condolences at the unexpected demise of his brother by saying that the whole family is “devastated” and “shocked.” John Hickenlooper also said that his late brother had “immense” creative talents and he was blessed with “cinematic” gifts.

George Hickenlooper’s new film “Casino Jack” will be premiered at the Starz Denver Film Festival. Britta Erickson, the festival director said that the film festival will be “entirety” dedicated to the late director. Kevin Spacey, who played an important role in his movie “Casino Jack” said that he is in a state of shock and cannot believe that his friend is no more. While speaking about the director, Kevin Spacey said that George Hickenlooper was alive and “bubbly” and he had excellent sense of humor. George Hickenlooper’s other films include “Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmakers Apocalypse”(1991), “The Mayor of Sunset Strip” (2003), to name a few.

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