In Memoriam 2017: People We Lost This Year

We bid farewell to visionaries, iconoclasts and trailblazers – including Tom Petty, Chuck Berry and Chris Cornell – in music, film, TV and beyond

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Jonathan Demme

Jonathan Demme, best known as the Oscar-winning director of Silence of the Lambs and Philadelphia, died of esophageal cancer at his Manhattan apartment on April 26th. He was 73.

"I am heartbroken to lose a friend, a mentor, a guy so singular and dynamic you'd have to design a hurricane to contain him," Silence of the Lambs star Jodie Foster said in a statement. "Jonathan was as quirky as his comedies and as deep as his dramas. He was pure energy; the unstoppable cheerleader for anyone creative. Just as passionate about music as he was about art, he was and will always be a champion of the soul. JD, most beloved, something wild, brother of love, director of the lambs. Love that guy. Love him so much."

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