Many filmmakers and collaborators were in shock when the news was revealed. So far a cause of death has not been officialized with many speculating on what led to his passing. The Canadian director was known for films like C.R.A.Z.Y. and Dallas Buyers' Club. He most recently gained international acclaim for his work directing the hit HBO mini-series Big Little Lies.

His longtime producing partner, Nathan Ross, mourned him in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. "Jean-Marc stood for creativity, authenticity and trying things differently. He was a true artist and a generous, loving guy," Ross said.

Director Jean-Marc Vallee Has Died

Director Jean-Marc Vallee Has Died

The news comes after a heavy handed year for Hollywood were many have lost their lives naturally or tragically. Even though it still unclear what led to the director's eventual death, now is the time for remembering a fantastic legacy that will carry on inspiring many other filmmakers for years to come.

He was known for shooting with as much natural light and natural scenery as possible. And actors like Reese Witherspoon and Jake Gyllenhaal have been quick to praise him in the past for his minimalistic approach to directing. 

"They can move anywhere they want," said the Canadian director of his actors in a 2014 interview with The Associated Press. "It's giving the importance to storytelling, emotion, characters. I try not to interfere too much. I don't need to cut performances. Often, the cinematographer and I were like, 'This location sucks. It's not very nice. But, hey, that's life."'

His longtime friend echoed his unique way of making a picture: "Everyone who worked with him couldn't help but see the talent and vision he possessed. He was a friend, creative partner and an older brother to me. The maestro will sorely be missed but it comforts knowing his beautiful style and impactful work he shared with the world will live on," said Ross.

It's an especially sad day for Canadian filmmakers who saw in Jean-Marc a great representative of Canadian cinema and its legacy. His career will live on in the hearts of all who watched one or all of his films!

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