Family of Jean-Marc Vallée releases statement after filmmaker's sudden death at 58

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 22: Jean-Marc Vallée attends the 71st Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images) (Matt Winkelmeyer via Getty Images)

The family of the late Jean-Marc Vallée, the Canadian director of Dallas Buyers Club and Big Little Lies, released a statement on his sudden death in Quebec on Dec. 25 at the age of 58.

"Our father was a generous man, deeply human and who lived life to its fullest," the statement from his two sons, Alex and Emile, reads.

"He wanted to live a long life and was working on major projects! He was a source of inspiration for many and leaves wonderful memories for those who had the privilege to work with him, to love him and to appreciate his craft."

It has been reported that Vallée's representative, Bumble Ward, confirmed he died from a heart attack.

In the statement released by his family on Friday, it states that his death "was not caused by the intervention of another party, a voluntary act, or a known disease," and further analysis is underway.

"We wish to thank everyone who took the time to express their sadness and compassion," Vallée's family states. "We are very grateful by the outpouring of support received from around the world."

"And as Jean-Marc would say: Cut, print, thank you, bye!'"

In a guest column for The Hollywood Reporter, fellow filmmaker from Quebec Denis Villeneuve paid tribute to Vallée, calling him a "beacon" after his success and "the one that showed us the way" in Montreal.

"He knew where the keys to the car were hidden. He knew secret passages. His house was open," Villeneuve wrote. "He was fascinated by new artists, he loved their drive, their ambition, shared their vulnerability."

"With Jean-Marc, it was all about love, faith, music, passion and the unbearable loneliness of beings. He was a genius at heart and his heart was a supernova."

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