Sir Christopher Lee dies at 93

This year has seen a lot of influential and screen legends pass away today was the end of an era as horror icon Sir Christopher Lee dies at 93. Sir Christopher Lee, the screen legend whose career took him from Hammer horror movies to Sci Fi cult classic Star Wars, book to blockbuster trilogy Lord of the Rings and a role as one of the great Bond villains.

The actor died at 8.30am on Sunday at London’s Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in company of his family, suffering with respiratory problems and heart failure over three weeks.

The actor first achieved fame as a Hammer Horror star in the 1950s then soared up from his role in Dracula Has Risen From The Grave, but his fame really kicked in the last 15 years of his career with mainstream blockbusters where he was introduced to a new generation of fans. This included Tim Burton films including Alice in Wonderland and Sleepy Hollow.

He married his wife, Birgit, known as Gitte, in 1961 and they had a daughter, Christina. They were married for 50 years, Lady Lee delayed news of his death so all close family could be informed.

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