Yesterday, we reported that the legendary Sound Of Music star Christopher Plummer had passed away at the age of 91. Now, new details about his death are coming to light, and his cause of death has been revealed.
Elaine Taylor, Plummer’s widow who was married to him for 53 years, told The New York Times that he died after falling and hitting his head at their home in Connecticut. His death was also confirmed by Lou Pitt, his longtime friend and manager of 46 years.
“Chris was an extraordinary man who deeply loved and respected his profession with great old fashion manners, self-deprecating humor and the music of words,” Pitt told Deadline. “He was a national treasure who deeply relished his Canadian roots. Through his art and humanity, he touched all of our hearts and his legendary life will endure for all generations to come. He will forever be with us.”
Plummer appeared in over 100 movies, but he will always best be remembered for playing Captain Georg Von Trapp in the 1965 classic The Sound Of Music alongside Julie Andrews, who has already released a statement honoring him.
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“The world has lost a consummate actor today and I have lost a cherished friend,” Andrews told Entertainment. Tonight. “I treasure the memories of our work together and all the humor and fun we shared through the years. My heart and condolences go out to his lovely wife Elaine, and his daughter Amanda.”
In 2009, Plummer revealed that he and Andrews had remained close friends over the years.
“I’m very fond of Julie,” he told NPR.” “That’s the nicest thing that came out of that film for me. We have a true and great friendship. She’s an extraordinary woman, professional. I’m grateful to the film in many ways because it was such a success. It is not my favorite film, of course, because I do think it borders on mawkishness.”
After turning 91 back in December, Plummer defiantly said that he would never retire.
“I would rather die right on stage doing my craft,” Plummer told Closer Weekly days after his birthday. He added with a laugh that, “Nobody retires in our profession. We just go on until we drop. And acting — learning all those lines — helps keep [the brain] alive.”
“I’ve done more interesting stuff in the last five or six years than I’ve done all my life in the theater,” he added. “I don’t feel old. Never retire. Don’t want to. There [are] too many wonderful things to do.”
This piece was written by Mark Baker on February 6, 2021. It originally appeared in UpliftingToday and is used by permission.
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