Lord Of The Rings' cinematographer Andrew Lesnie dies aged 59
Andrew Lesnie, the Oscar winning cinematographer who was best known for his work on The Hobbit and Lord Of The Rings trilogies, has died at the age of 59.
Lesnie passed away after suffering a fatal heart attack yesterday afternoon (April 27th), his family are expected to make an official statement in due course.
Lesnie begin his career as a camera assistant back in 1978 and would go on to work on some of the biggest films ever made in a long and distinguished career.
As well as working with Peter Jackson on each of The Hobbit and Lord Of The Rings movies, Lesnie also worked on Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, Babe and I Am Legend. He was awarded an Oscar in 2002 for his work on Return Of The King.
Russell Crowe, who had worked with Lesnie on his latest film The Water Diviner, paid tribute to the cinematographer, calling him "a master of light".
Devastating news from home. The master of the light, genius Andrew Lesnie has passed on .— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) April 28, 2015
Richard and Tania Taylor also paid tribute to Lesnie in a statement which you can read below:
Peter Jackson has yet to issue a statement on Lesnie's death, but is expected to in the coming days.