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Big-Little Lies director Jean-Marc Vallee dies aged 58: What you need to know

Jean-Marc Vallée attends the 71st Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on Sept. 22, 2019 in Los Angeles.Matt Winkelmeyer / Getty Images file

Director and producer Jean-Marc Vallée, who won an Emmy for directing the hit HBO series “Big Little Lies” and whose 2013 drama “Dallas Buyers Club” earned multiple Oscar nominations, has died. He was 58.

His producing partner Nathan Ross confirmed the news in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, calling the Canadian director "a true artist and a generous, loving guy".

His representative Bumble Ward said Sunday that Vallée died suddenly in his cabin outside Quebec City, Canada, over the weekend.

The Montreal-born director began his career making music videos before moving into film in 1995, with his debut thriller Black List, and then the critically-lauded 2005 coming-of-age movie C.R.A.Z.Y.

His 2009 feature, The Young Victoria, starring British actress Emily Blunt as Britain's Queen Victoria, picked up three Oscar nominations.

But perhaps his best-known work arrived in 2013, with Dallas Buyers Club - the emotional story of Ron Woodroof, who sold experimental drugs to fellow Aids patients in Texas.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter in 2016, Vallée revealed what he enjoyed most about making movies and TV shows. "The dream," he said. "Dreams can come true. I'm living the dream right now."

He is survived by two children.

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