“Lord Of The Rings” Star Christopher Lee Dies at 93

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Lord of the rings actor, Christopher Lee died on Sunday morning at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London, the Guardian reports, after being admitted for heart failure and respiratory problems. Lee’s wife Birgit Kroencke, who had been married to the veteran actor for 50 years, wanted to inform family members before releasing the news to the public.

For 67 years the actor played a host of iconic and dark characters like Count Dracula, Lord Summerisle in The Wicker Man and most recently, Saruman the White in Peter Jackson’s Lord of The Rings trilogy and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.

On top of his prolific film career, the 6ft 5in actor had also released a series of heavy metal albums, garnered several Guinness World Records, like ‘The Tallest Leading Actor,’ and was knighted by Prince Charles in 2009 for services to drama and charity.

The actor had been in over 250 films and television productions

BANGKOK, THAILAND - FEBRUARY 19:  Actor Christopher Lee poses for photograph during the Bangkok International Film Festival at Siam Paragon Festival Venue on February  20, 2006 in Bangkok, Thailand.   (Photo by Patrick Riviere/Getty Images)

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