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Christopher Lee dies aged 93: Live news and reaction

  • The veteran actor Christopher Lee has died at the age of 93, it has been confirmed.
    6/11/2015 11:34:38 AM
  • According to the Daily Telegraph, Lee died at 8.30am on Sunday at London’s Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, where he had been treated for respiratory problems and heart failure for three weeks.
    6/11/2015 11:37:57 AM
  • Birgit Kroencke, Lee's wife of more than 50 years, reportedly chose to delay the public announcement until she had informed close members of her family.
    6/11/2015 11:40:09 AM
  • Lee rose to prominence with his 1958 portrayal of Bram Stoker's Dracula.

    He became one of the most memorable Bond villains of all time in the role of Francisco Scaramanga, The Man With The Golden Gun, in 1974.

    And in 2001-3 he starred as Saruman the White in Peter Jackon's Lord of the Rings trilogy.
    6/11/2015 11:45:36 AM
  • Lee turned 93 on 28 May, while he was receiving treatment in hospital.
    6/11/2015 11:47:45 AM
  • A lot of reaction pouring in to the death of Christopher Lee now.



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  • The Telegraph have reproduced an image which they say shows Lee's death certificate, confirming his place and date of death as Chelsea and Westminster Hospital on 7 June.
    6/11/2015 12:08:42 PM
  • Lee stated that one of his greatest regrets was not becoming an Opera singer - he rightly observed that he had been "born with the gift of a very good voice".

    Late in life, though, he turned his attentions to narrating heavy metal records including those of the symphonic power metal group Rhapsody of Fire.

    In 2010 he released an album of his own, Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross, followed two years later by Charlemagne: The Omens of Death.

    The leading music magazine Metal Hammer has paid tribute:






    6/11/2015 12:14:03 PM
  • Other celebrities have given their reactions to the news of Lee's death, including the comic and horror actor Reece Shearsmith:

















    6/11/2015 12:18:05 PM
  • Christopher Lee dead: His most iconic roles from Saruman to Dracula

    The IndependentCelebrated Hollywood actor Sir Christopher Lee has died at the age of 93, leaving fans to remember his legacy of often villainous movie roles.
    6/11/2015 12:21:46 PM
  • Lee was granted the "Spirit of Metal" award at the 2010 Metal Hammer Golden Gods.

    He released a Christmas single with tracks including "Jingle Hell".

    And while doing publicity for The Man with the Golden Gun, Lee had the actual golden gun seized while going through US customs.

    6/11/2015 12:26:20 PM
  • 15 times Christopher Lee was the spirit of metal

    The IndependentChristopher Lee, the man behind some of cinema's most nefarious characters, died on Sunday from respiratory problems aged 93.
    6/11/2015 12:26:30 PM
  • Christopher Lee's incredible life remembered as he passes away

    The IndependentChristopher Lee has died at the age of 93 after a lengthy career.
    6/11/2015 12:30:04 PM
  • Some more tributes now, including from the writer Neil Gaiman:











    6/11/2015 12:39:41 PM
  • The badass way Christopher Lee bagged a role in Lord of the Rings

    The IndependentWhen many film fans remember Christopher Lee, his role as evil white wizard Saruman in The Lord of the Rings will be one of the first to spring to mind. But while that performance was brilliant, the ingenious way Lee bagged it is even more awesome.
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  • The Canadian singer turned photographer Bryan Adams has given his tribute to Lee, including this 2010 portrait Adams took himself:




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  • Cary Elwes, who starred in a film version of Dracula that had Gary Oldman rather than Christopher Lee in the title role, nonetheless gave this tribute: 




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  • A fellow Lord of the Rings star, Dominic Monaghan, said this of Lee: 



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  • Two years ago Lee was honoured with a fellowship of the British Film Institute presented by his friend Johnny Depp.

    Depp, who worked with Lee on several Tim Burton projects including Sleepy Hollow, reportedly snuck into the awards ceremony to give him a surprise.

    6/11/2015 1:04:03 PM
  • Christopher Lee dead: Tributes pour in for actor

    The IndependentTributes for the late actor Christopher Lee have started to pour in, with fellow actors, politicians and writers paying their respects.
    6/11/2015 1:05:28 PM
  • The actor and screenwriter Mark Gatiss had this to say:


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  • The James Bond to Lee's Scaramanga, Sir Roger Moore, has given his reaction to the news:




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  • The Prime Minister, David Cameron, said he was "saddened to hear of Sir Christopher Lee's death".




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  • People get Christopher Lee mixed up with Sir Ian McKellen as they tweet 'RIP Gandalf'

    The IndependentChristopher Lee was remembered by people across the world after the news of his death broke.
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  • More from David Cameron's personal account, where he says:


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  • Lee appeared in more than 250 movies - so many, in fact, that he acknowledged in 2002 that he couldn't remember them all. 

    "And certainly some of them you want to forget," he added.
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  • Elijah Wood, who starred as Frodo in the Lord of the Rings trilogy with Lee as Saruman, as given his reaction to the news:



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  • Tim Burton, who directed Lee in a number of films, has said this; "Christopher has been an enormous inspiration to me my entire life. I had the honour and pleasure to work with him on five films (Sleepy Hollow, Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Corpse Bride, Alice In Wonderland and Dark Shadows).

    "He was the last of his kind - a true legend - who I'm fortunate to have called a friend. He will continue to inspire me and I'm sure countless others for generations to come."


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  • Chloe Moretz, who worked alongside Lee on Hugo (2011), wrote a series of tweets in tribute:









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  • Elijah Wood on Christopher Lee: 'If anyone was going to be immortal, it was Christopher'

    The IndependentElijah Wood has paid touching tribute to the late actor Sir Christopher Lee.
    6/11/2015 3:00:15 PM
  • The chief executive of Bafta is the latest person to pay tribute to Lee. Amanda Barry said she was "deeply saddened" by the news, and called him "truly talented" and "versatile".

    Here is here statement in full: 

    "I am deeply saddened by the death of Sir Christopher Lee, a truly talented and versatile actor. His biography, and therefore his legacy, is one that many in the film industry can only dream of.

    "He appeared in over 200 films, including some of the most iconic of our times. Throughout his career, which stretched from the 1940s to date, there were so many outstanding performances - in Dracula, The Wicker Man, The Man with the Golden Gun, to name just a few of his many credits, and more recently, the Bafta and Oscar-winning Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.

    "Sir Christopher received the Academy Fellowship, the highest honour Bafta can bestow, at the Film Awards in 2011; at the time he described it as a very unexpected but very great honour."


    6/11/2015 3:41:22 PM
  • As different parts of the world wake up to the news that Lee has died, the tributes keep coming.

    Dogma director Kevin Smith, 127 Hours actor James Franco, horror director and special effects specialist Tom Savini, Better Caul Saul actor Michael McKean, and singer Boy George have all expressed their sorrow at the news. 














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  • Master of the macabre director Tim Burton has told BBC News: "When I first looked at his CV, I thought something this heavy could be a novel or a copy of War And Peace or something - he did so much, it was an amazing body of work.

    "He inspired an entire generation of film-makers."

    6/11/2015 4:38:31 PM
  • Fans of Lee have been sharing a behind-the-scenes video from the Hobbit trilogy revealing the revered actor’s great humour and warm personality.

    In the video, he jokes about his wardrobe, eyebrow acting, and talks about WWII. 

    The Hobbit: The White Council: Christopher Lee returns (R.I.P)
    via YouTube

    6/11/2015 6:19:59 PM
  • As we said earlier, Christopher Lee was a horror icon and therefore unsurprisingly also a heavy metal fan.

    Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett, Lordi guiarist Amen, and
    The Exorcism of Emily Rose director Scott Derrickson have all paid tributes to the actor.



    6/11/2015 6:48:06 PM
  • Actress and author Joan Collins has expressed her sorrow that her co-star has died.

    The pair stared in the 1973 film Dark Places together. 


    Here are the pair together in 2008:
    (Photo by Francois Durand/Getty Images for Montblanc) 

     
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  • During his life, Lee turned his talents to many things, from acting to song-writing.

    Here are 12 things you might not know about him, including his stint in the Finnish army. 

    Click here to read i100's article in full


    Lee pictured circa 1948 (Photo by Baron/Getty Images) 



    6/11/2015 7:58:04 PM
  • We are now wrapping up this live blog on the death of the iconic actor, Christopher Lee. Thank you for following.

    Let's finish with arts editor David Lister's piece on Lee, which you can click here to read.

    (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images) 

    6/11/2015 9:59:45 PM
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