Actor Sir Christopher Lee, best known for playing villain characters, has died. He was 93.
The legendary actor passed away at a London hospital on Sunday after he had been hospitalized for three weeks due to respiratory problems and heart failure, the Telegraph has confirmed.
His wife, who he had been married to for 50 years, waited to release the news of his death so family members could know first.
His career got started in the late 1940s, and he landed what would be one of his most well-known roles in 1958, when he was Dracula.
Later on he would play Lord Summerisle in “The Wicker Man,” and Saruman in the Lord of the Rings franchise. He’s known for his roles in “The Man with the Golden Gun” and the “Star Wars” prequel.
Fans paid tribute to him on Twitter Thursday.
— Ziggy (@mrjafri) June 11, 2015
— Dominic Monaghan (@DomsWildThings) June 11, 2015
Every time you feel sad about Christopher Lee, look at this picture and it'll make you smile. pic.twitter.com/QU9sI2Igvt
— AKA (@_AKA_) 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