German Producer Bernd Eichinger Dies at 61

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The man who produced well-known films ‘The Neverending Story’ and ‘Downfall,’ died suddenly Monday.

COLOGNE, Germany -- Bernd Eichinger, the German producer of Oscar-nominated films including Downfall and The Baader Meinhof Complex, died suddenly of a heart attack Monday at his home in Los Angeles. 

The 61-year-old producer, whose credits also include The Name of the Rose, Perfume – The Story of A Murder and The Fantastic Four, died during a dinner Monday night with family and friends. 

Though there had been rumors Eichinger might be in poor health after he failed to attend the Bavarian Film Awards earlier this year, his death comes a shock. 

Eichinger is survived by his wife Katja, a film journalist and daughter Nina, a well-known TV personality and jury member on the German version of American Idol