Sanaa Lathan is speaking out this morning about the heartbreaking passing of director Jonathan Demme.
Demme, most known for directing The Silence of the Lambs, Beloved and most recently, Fox’s Shots Fired, died on Wednesday morning following a battle with esophageal cancer.
Just one day ago, Lathan shared a snapshot with Demme, praising him for a job well done on the episode he directed. That episode is slated to air tonight, the same day of his passing.
What Sanaa didn’t know is that just 24 hours later, she would be writing RIP.
“When I posted this picture yesterday I had no idea we would be losing him so soon. My heart is breaking right now,” she wrote. “I feel so lucky to have given the gift of working with this creative genius. He came on the set with a youthful passion that blew myself and everyone away.”
Lathan continued, “And like a magician he worked his directorial magic. He truly loved what he did and his Joie de vivre was infectious. I felt it. We all felt it. He will be deeply missed. Love and light to his family. Rest in paradise.”
Demme was 73.
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