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Oct 30, 2010 6:08 PM by James Egbert

Emmy Award Winning Director George Hickenlooper Dead at 47

Emmy Award Winning Director George Hickenlooper Dead at the age of 47. Director and filmmaker George Hickenlooper known as the cousin of Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, was preparing for the impending premier of his latest film, "Casino Jack," at the Starz Denver Film Festival.  In a brief announcement from family, they say it appears George Hickenlooper died of natural causes in Denver.

Mayor John Hickenlooper's office released the following statement: : "Shock and sadness do not begin to describe our emotions. We are devastated. George had immense creative talents and cinematic gifts, but he was so much more than that to us and all his family. His passion for life, zeal for people and unquenchable curiosity enriched everyone who had the fortune to know him. We will miss his sense of humor, his warm character and the avid encouragement he gave anyone around him. Our hearts go out to his wife, Suzanne, and his son, Charles."

George Hickenlooper won an Emmy award in 1992 for Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse  and also produced documentary series focusing on John Hickenlooper during the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

George Hickenlooper was 47 years old.

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