Christopher Lee dead: Tributes and reaction as Lord of the Rings star passes away aged 93

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Christopher Lee dead: Tributes and reaction as Lord of the Rings star passes away aged 93

The Lord of the Rings legend, who also appeared in Stars Wars, passed away on Sunday at London’s Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.

Lord of the Rings legend Sir Christopher Lee died aged 93 on Sunday.

The actor passed away at 8.30am at London’s Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, sources close to his family said.

Lee was said to have previously been treated for respiratory problems and heart failure.

Lady Lee reportedly opted to delay the news of his death until family members were told.

 Christopher Lee as Dracula in 1958

Prime Minister David Cameron has paid tribute to the legendary actor today.

Cameron wrote on Twitter: "I'm saddened by the deaths of Sir Christopher Lee and Ron Moody. Both starred in films that are treasured by millions."

He followed Boris Johnson who also paid tribute, by posting a snap of him and the star, writing: "Really sad to hear about the death of Christopher Lee, one of the greatest British actors and a master of the macabre."

 

 

Sir Christopher Lee died aged 93 on Sunday, and as stars pay tribute to the legendary actor, we have looked back at his glittering career in the limelight.

From an early start in horror films, to his role as Saruman in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogy, Sir Lee has excelled in a variety of roles in Hollywood.

Lee was said to have maintained that the best film he ever starred in was the cult classic The Wicker Man, which sees a policeman called to a remote Scottish island to look for a missing girl.

But he cited a more obscure art-house film, Jinnah, as his most important work.

"The most important film I made, in terms of its subject and the great responsibility I had as an actor was a film I did about the founder of Pakistan, called Jinnah," he told the BBC.

"It had the best reviews I've ever had in my entire career - as a film and as a performance."