Jean-Marc Vallee died of natural causes: family

MONTREAL – The family of renowned Canadian director and producer Jean-Marc Vallee said on Wednesday that his sudden death on Christmas day came from natural causes.

In a statement, they said a Quebec medical examiner had concluded that Vallee had died of “fatal cardiac arrhythmia secondary to severe coronary atherosclerosis”.

It was published shortly before a medical examiner issued his report on Vallee’s death in his cabin just outside the city of Quebec during the 2021 Christmas weekend. He was 58.

Vallee directed a number of high-profile films and series after the release of “CRAZY”, winning an Emmy for directing the hit HBO series “Big Little Lies”, and the 2013 drama “Dallas Buyers Club” won several Oscar nominations. .

The medical examiner concluded that Vallee died shortly after arriving in his cabin. Aside from low back pain, he had no chronic health conditions that would put him at risk for cardiovascular disease.

According to his report, medical examiner Donald Nicole wrote that Vallee had invited a friend to dine with him at his second home in Berthier-sur-Mer, southeast of Quebec City, on Boxing Day.

The friend tried to contact him around noon on December 26 without success. Worried, he went to the cabin and found Vallee around 2:30 pm, lying on the floor of his dining room, with his cell phone close to his hand.

Vallee had told his friend during a conversation on Christmas Eve that he would arrive at the cabin on December 25. The medical examiner noted that Vallee had missed calls and messages starting around 9:42 p.m. on December 25 and his travel bag, groceries and other personal items were found in his car.

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Born in Montreal, Vallee studied directing at the College Ahuntsic and the Universite du Quebec a Montreal.

In a statement released late Wednesday, Vallee’s sons, Alex and Emile Vallee, said people were still coming in for the director’s father’s influence.

“Testimonies of friendship, appreciation and respect for our father and his work continue to come from around the world,” they said.

“We are sincerely grateful and hope that his creativity will continue to inspire and guide the people in this industry with whom he was so passionate.”

The statement said the sons and their mother would soon announce details of a memorial service to honor Vallee’s life and art.

This Canadian Press report was first published on April 13, 2022.

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