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Beetlejuice actor Glenn Shadix dies

Actor Glenn Shadix, best remembered for his portrayal of a portly, pretentious designer in the metaphysical comedy Beetlejuice, has died aged 58.

Personal manager Juliet Green said Shadix had returned to his home state of Alabama after many years living in Los Angeles.

A cause of death was not immediately known, but his sister, Susan Gagne, told The Birmingham News that he had been using a wheelchair for mobility and appeared to have fallen in his kitchen and struck his head.

A memorial for William G. "Glenn Shadix" Scott will be held on Saturday in Birmingham, his website said.

Ms Green said he is survived by his mother, sister and brother-in-law.

A biography credits him with over 30 film appearances, and roles in several TV shows, including NBC's Seinfeld.

"He was one of the most creative, original, funny and wise performers I've ever had the privilege to work with," said Ms Green, who worked with the actor for over a decade.

Ms Green said the prolific actor had one of his closest professional relationships with director Tim Burton, who cast him in films like The Nightmare Before Christmas, Planet of the Apes and Beetlejuice, the 1988 horror comedy for which he is perhaps most widely remembered.

In the film, Shadix starred opposite Winona Ryder and Michael Keaton as Otho, an uppity interior designer who tries his hand at the occult to summon ghosts from the afterlife.

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