Joel Schumacher, an American filmmaker known for directing several hit movies including two Batman films, has passed away at 80.

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According to The Guardian UK, Schumacher’s publicist, who broke the sad news, said he died in New York on Monday after a year-long battle with cancer.

The statement added that he “passed away quietly” and will be “fondly remembered by his friends and collaborators”.

Born on August 29, 1939, the filmmaker started his career in the fashion industry before his foray into the movie landscape.

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In 1981, he made his directorial debut in ‘The Incredible Shrinking Woman’. The veteran movie director hit the spotlight in 1985 with ‘St Elmo’s Fire’ which became a global sensation.

He then followed up his impressive career with several other thrillers including ‘The Lost Boys in 1987’ and ‘Flatliners’ in 1990 respectively.

Tributes have started pouring in for the late filmmaker with many taking to social media to reflect on their encounters with him before his death.

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Joining the fray, Emmy Rossum, who starred in his 2004 adaptation of ‘The Phantom of the Opera’, said Schumacher played a significant part in her life.

“I am in tears learning of Joel Schumacher’s passing. He was a force. He was one of kind. Creative. Intense. Passionate. He played a huge part in the shaping of my life. I don’t have the right words right now,” she wrote on Twitter.

Similarly, Beau Willimon, a playwright and House of Cards showrunner, wrote: “I was lucky enough to work with Joel Schumacher. Smart, funny, talented. A true iconoclast. And he could hold court and tell a story like no other. RIP Joel.”

His death further stretches the list of celebrities who have breathed their last to various diseases including COVID-19, since the dawn of this year.



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