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German producer Bernd Eichinger dies

Bernd Eichinger, who was among Germany's most important producers, has died from a heart attack in his Los Angeles home. He was 61.

Bernd Eichinger

Eichinger was among Germany's most well-known producers

Academy Award-winning German film producer Bernd Eichinger died of a heart attack at the age of 61.

His family said he died after suffering a heart attack iat his home in Los Angeles, on Monday. Eichinger was married to journalist Katja Hofmann.

"We're all shocked by this incomprehensible news and feel for the family, who have our deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences," a statement from his production company, Constantin Film, said.

Eichinger was the producer of dozens of notable films, including "Downfall," "Perfume," "The Neverending Story" and "Nowhere in Africa," which won the Oscar for best foreign film in 2003. Eichinger also won numerous awards in his native Bavaria.

"Downfall," for which he wrote the screenplay, was nominated for an Academy Award in 2005.

His career in film stretched back more than 30 years. His last film of note was "The Baader Meinhof Complex," which told the story of the far-left German terrorist group known as the Red Army Faction.

Author: Darren Mara (AP, dpa)
Editor: Nancy Isenson

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