Jean-Marc Vallée, the director of the Dallas Buyers Club and Big Little Lies, has died at the age of 58.
According to his representative, Vallée died suddenly of a suspected heart attack in his cabin outside Quebec City, Canada over the Christmas weekend.
“Jean-Marc stood for creativity, authenticity and trying things out,” said his production partner Nathan Ross in a statement The Hollywood Reporter. “He was a true artist and a generous, loving guy.”
“Everyone who worked with him couldn’t help but see his talent and vision,” added Ross. “He was a friend, creative partner, and older brother to me. The Maestro is sorely missed, but it is comforting to know that his beautiful style and impactful work that he has shared with the world will live on. “
Vallée was perhaps best known for Dallas Buyers Club – the Oscar-winning drama starring Jared Leto and Matthew McConaughey. The film is based on the true story of Ron Woodroof – an AIDS patient who smuggled drugs into Texas.
Vallée directed the first season of Big little lies with Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern and Zoë Kravitz. This earned him the 2017 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Limited or Anthology Series or a Film.
“Jean-Marc Vallée was a brilliant, passionate filmmaker, a truly phenomenal talent who infused every scene with a deeply emotional truth,” HBO said in an official statement. “He was also a very caring man who invested all of his self alongside every actor he directed. We are shocked by the news of his sudden death and we extend our deepest condolences to his sons Alex and Émile, his extended family and his longtime production partner Nathan Ross. “
Vallée was born in Montreal and made his feature film debut on Black List in 1995 after pursuing a career in music video. His second film, CRAZY, is based on the life of a close friend. This led to his groundbreaking film The Young Victoria in 2009, which earned Vallée 3 Oscar nominations.
He has also been confirmed to direct another upcoming series for HBO, Gorilla and the Bird, which will feature a public defender who suffers a sudden psychotic breakdown.
Jean-Marc Vallée leaves behind his two children and three siblings.
Ryan Leston is an entertainment writer and film critic for IGN. You can follow him Twitter.