German director Christoph Schlingensief dies at age 49
Monday, August 23, 2010
German has died at the age of 49. His death was announced by , a spokesman for the . Schlingensief had been suffering from but no official cause of death was given by the spokesman.
The film and theatre director worked on several films, plays, and operas throughout his controversial career. Schlingensief directed films such as "100 Years of" and "The German Chainsaw Massacre". He was arrested in 1997 for his exhibition of work called "Kill ", aimed at the then .
During his time working in Bayreuth he said "Bayreuth will give me cancer." Coincidently, four years later Schlingensief was diagnosed with lung cancer even though he was a non-smoker.
Despite the cancer he continued to work on plays and films often watching them from a hospital bed. He married costume designer Burkina Faso with funding from the German government, all while battling the disease.and founded an opera project in the African country of
, Germany's state , paid tribute to Schlingensief. He said Schlingensief "had had an immense influence on German-language film and theater". Mayor of , said on Saturday that "a major talent in theater has left the stage."
Schlingensief is survived by his wife, Anio. No funeral plans have been released yet.
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