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'Blow' Director Ted Demme, 38, Dies

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Filmmaker Ted Demme, 38, who produced and directed Johnny Depp in last year’s movie “Blow,” collapsed while playing basketball in Los Angeles on Sunday and was pronounced dead shortly afterward at Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center, the L.A. County Coroner’s Office said on Monday. According to Reuters, a hospital spokesman said that Demme, the nephew of Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme (“The Silence of the Lambs”), was brought in around 5:05 p.m. PST in full cardiac arrest. Efforts to revive him were not successful, and he was pronounced dead at 5:28 p.m. An autopsy will be performed to determine the precise cause, said the coroner spokesman. Demme, a native New Yorker, was married to film music supervisor Amanda Scheer-Demme. Besides “Blow,” which was based on the life of George Jung, a small-time marijuana dealer who became an American drug kingpin in the ’70s, Demme also directed the Bruce Springsteen music video “Streets of Philadelphia (Uncle Jonathan directed the movie “Philadelphia,” which used the song as its theme), as well as the 1996 drama “Beautiful Girls,” with Matt Dillon and Uma Thurman, and the 1994 cult comedy “The Ref,” starring Denis Leary, Judy Davis and Kevin Spacey.