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OTRC: 'Snakes on a Plane' director David R. Ellis dies at age 60

Director David R. Ellis appears on the set of 'Final Destination 2' in 2003. (Shane Harvey / New Line Cinema)

David R. Ellis, director of the 2006 action film "Snakes on a Plane," has died at age 60.

He passed away in Johannesburg, South Africa, his agent said on Monday, January 7, in a statement obtained by OTRC.com. The cause of death is unknown.

Deadline, which first reported the news, said Ellis wasi n South Africa because he was preparing to direct a movie called "KITE." The film was reportedly set to star Samuel L. Jackson, the main actor in "Snakes on a Plane."

Jackson said on Twitter, in response to news about Ellis' death: "So sad to hear of David R Ellis passing! So talented, so kind, such a Good Friend. He'll be missed. Gone too soon!"

The director, who lived primarily in Los Angeles, is survived by his wife Cindy, two daughters, a son and a grandson. His agent said it is unclear if his family will be flying to South Africa at this time.

Ellis, who was a former stunt coordinator and stuntman, has also helmed films such as "Homeward Bound 2: Lost in San Francisco," "Final Destination 2" and another sequel, "The Final Destination," which was released in 2009.

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