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Film director Jonathan Demme poses for a portrait at the 69th edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)

Jonathan Demme, the director of 'The Silence of the Lambs,' has died at 73

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Jonathan Demme, the film director best known for the horror classic "The Silence of the Lambs," has died at the age of 73, Indie Wire reports.

He had been battling esophageal cancer and complications from heart disease.

"The Silence of the Lambs" earned him an Oscar for Best Director. He also directed "Philadelphia" and "The Manchurian Candidate" (2004).

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