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Richard Attenborough dies at 90

Lord Richard Attenborough passed away on Sunday, according to his son.

The celebrated British actor, producer and director passed away on Sunday, his son, Michael Attenborough, confirmed to BBC News.

The circumstances surrounding his death remained unclear at press time.

However, BBC arts editor Will Gompertz said he had been living in a nursing home with his wife for several years. The outlet also notes he became wheelchair-bound after falling down a set of stairs in 2008.

The star’s family is expected to make a full statement Monday.

Tributes have meanwhile poured in for the beloved star, best-known for his role as John Hammond in Steven Spielberg’s 1993 blockbuster Jurassic Park, as well as for his direction of Cry Freedom (1987), Chaplin (1992) Shadowlands (1993) and 1982 Oscar-winner, Gandhi.

and for his Oscar-winning direction of Gandhi.

Richard’s Miracle On 34th Street co-star Dylan McDermott took to Twitter, remembering the actor for his cheerful demeanour on set.

“Rest in peace Richard Attenborough. U were the best Santa ever. #miracleon34thstreet @MaraWritesStuff @Elizbethperkins (sic),’” he wrote.

“His acting in "Brighton Rock" was brilliant, his directing of "Gandhi" was stunning - Richard Attenborough was one of the greats of cinema,” British Prime Minister David Cameron tweeted.

Former 007 actress Samantha Bond meanwhile admitted she couldn’t believe the news.

“So saddened to hear we have lost Sir Richard Attenborough. Great actor, great director, - funny, flirtatious, intelligent, a true gentleman,” she stated.

Actress Mia Farrow added: "Richard Attenborough was the kindest man I have ever had the privilege of working with. A Prince. RIP 'Pa' - and thank you."

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