'Downfall' Editor Hans Funck Dies at 61

The German editor worked on such films as “The Experiment," the Oscar-nominated “Sophie Scholl: The Final Days" and Naomi Watts-starrer "Diana."

Hans Funck, the German film editor of such features as the Oscar-nominated Downfall and Sophie Scholl: The Final Days, died suddenly on Wednesday night in Munich. He was 61.

One of Germany's most acclaimed editors, Funck was perhaps most closely associated with Downfall director Oliver Hirschbiegel.

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In addition to Downfall and sleeper hit The Experiment, Funck was the editor on all of Hirschbiegel's English-language productions, including The Invasion, starring Nicole Kidman, Five Minutes of Heaven with Liam Neeson and James Nesbitt and, most recently, the Lady Di biopic Diana with Naomi Watts.

Funck was working on the final cut of Ankie Lau's feature Wishing Tree when he died. The production team found him dead in his Munich apartment. According to initial police investigations, the 61-year-old died of an asthma attack.

“We miss him terribly, “ said Lau in a statement. “He was a true friend and one of the most extraordinarily talented film editors in the history of German cinema.”