Jonathan Demme, Director of Talking Heads' 'Stop Making Sense,' Dies at 73

Academy Award–winning director Jonathan Demme has died at the age of 73. According to sources close to the family, Demme's death was caused by esophageal cancer and complications from heart disease.

While widely known for his dramatic films including Silence of the Lambs and Philadelphia, Demme was also one of the film world's most influential documentarians of rock and pop music.

His landmark collaboration with David Byrne and the Talking Heads on 1984's Stop Making Sense ranks as one of the most acclaimed concert films of all time. Other musically focused films by Demme include three collaborations with Neil Young, as well as a recent concert film with Justin Timberlake.

Demme is survived by his wife, Joanne Howard, and three children.



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