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Tributes as Silence of the Lambs film director dies

By Laura Harding

Justin Timberlake has paid an emotional tribute to Silence Of The Lambs director Jonathan Demme after his death at the age of 73, saying: "You made a better human out of me."

The Oscar-winning filmmaker's last movie was a documentary about the singer, entitled Justin Timberlake And The Tennessee Kids.

Timberlake posted a black and white photo of the pair hugging on Instagram, writing: He wrote: "You taught me so much about life and art and about standing up for what you believe. You made me better at my craft."

Demme, who also directed Philadelphia, Something Wild and Rachel Getting Married, died from complications from oesophageal cancer.

Tom Hanks, who won an Oscar for his performance in Philadelphia, said: "Jonathan taught us how big a heart a person can have, and how it will guide how we live and what we do for a living. He was the grandest of men."

The director won an Oscar for The Silence Of The Lambs but was also admired for his landmark concert documentary Stop Making Sense featuring Talking Heads.

He is survived by his children Ramona (29) , Brooklyn (26) and Jos (21).

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