Sir Christopher Lee, a veteran actor, died at the age of 93 in London’s Chelsea and Westminster hospital on Sunday. He had been treated for heart and respiratory problems for the past three weeks. His wife, Lady Lee, decided to postpone public announcements until she had the chance to notify family and close friends. They were married for more than 50 years.
Sir Christopher Lee started his career way back in the 1940’s, with the 1958 movie Dracula making him a star. It wasn’t until 15 years ago that his career really flourished. He is best known for his brilliant performances in The Wicker Man (1973), The Man With The Golden Gun (1974), as well as The Lord Of The Rings trilogy and the second and third part of the Star Wars prequel trilogy, which introduced him to younger audiences.
He was knighted in 2009, and his one remaining ambition was to work with Clint Eastwood, he stated in 2011. The whole world grieves the loss of this great actor, and celebrities are expressing their condolences and paying tributes on social media.
Here are some of their heartbreaking tweets:
The great, always criminally underrated Sir Christopher Lee has left us. A Titan of Cinema and a huge part of my youth. Farewell.
— Mark Gatiss (@Markgatiss) June 11, 2015
PM: Saddened to hear of Sir Christopher Lee's death, a titan of Golden Age of Cinema & distinguished WW2 veteran who'll be greatly missed
— UK Prime Minister (@Number10gov) June 11, 2015
Very upset to learn that Sir Christopher Lee has passed away. An amazing gentleman who brought us so many iconic roles. He will be missed.
— Reece Shearsmith (@ReeceShearsmith) June 11, 2015
Really sad to hear about the death of Christopher Lee, one of the greatest British actors and a master of the macabre pic.twitter.com/q5UUhc7xId
— Boris Johnson (@MayorofLondon) June 11, 2015
— Dominic Monaghan. (@DomsWildThings) June 11, 2015