Film director Blake Edwards dies
Film director Blake Edwards has died in California at the age of 88, his publicist has said.
Blake, married to British acting legend Dame Julie Andrews, died from complications of pneumonia on Wednesday morning at St John's Health Centre in Santa Monica.
His wife and other family members were at his side, said publicist Gene Schwam.
Blake directed many films including Breakfast At Tiffany's and The Pink Panther. He was also a screenwriter, producer and actor.
He had been in hospital for about two weeks. He had knee problems, had undergone unsuccessful procedures and was "pretty much confined to a wheelchair for the last year-and-a-half or two," his publicist said.
That conceivably may have contributed to his condition, he added.
At the time of his death, Blake was working on two Broadway musicals, one based on the Pink Panther movies. The other, Big Rosemary, was to be an original comedy set during Prohibition, Schwam said. "His heart was as big as his talent. He was an Academy Award winner in all respects," said Schwam, who knew him for 40 years.
Actor Robert Wagner credited Blake with giving him some of the greatest opportunities of his career. "There won't be anybody passing by like him again. He was a genius," he said.
"Personally, we were so very close friends and he was so kind to me throughout my entire life."
Steve Martin expressed his thoughts on Twitter: "Blake Edwards was one of the people who made me love comedy. Sorry to hear of his passing."