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Director Jean-Marc Vallée died from a heart attack, rep says

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Director-producer Jean-Marc Vallée in 2019.
(Evan Agostini / Invision / Associated Press)

“Big Little Lies” and “Dallas Buyers Club” director Jean-Marc Vallée died from a heart attack, his representative Bumble Ward confirmed to The Times on Monday.

The Emmy-winning director died over the holiday weekend while at his cabin outside of Québec City in Canada.

Deadline reported Monday that the director — who didn’t drink and practiced the Wim Hof fitness method, which involves cold exposure and heightened oxygen levels attained through specialized breathing — is believed to have died on Christmas Day. He was found the next morning.

The Canadian director, who died unexpectedly this weekend at age 58, moved comfortably between film and TV. We look back at some of the highlights of his career.

Vallée got his start directing music videos and shorts before making his feature film breakthrough with 2005’s “C.R.A.Z.Y.,” an ode to English rock ‘n’ roll. That led to the 2009 film “The Young Victoria,” starring Emily Blunt.

Later, he moved easily between film and TV productions, finding acclaim with star-studded projects such as the Oscar-nominated 2013 drama “Dallas Buyers Club,” 2013’s “Wild” starring Reese Witherspoon and the HBO miniseries “Big Little Lies” and “Sharp Objects.”


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