George Hickenlooper, the director of Factory Girl and the forthcoming Casino Jack, died on Friday at the far too young age of 47 from apparent natural causes.

He was a noted narrative and documentary filmmaker whose stand out work was Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse which chronicled the production nightmare of Francis Ford Copolla’s Apocalypse Now and stands as one of the best examples (alongside Burden of Dreams) of documentaries about filmmaking.

Hickenlooper died in Denver while doing press for Casino Jack, the film about disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff that sees a release in December. [Denver Post]

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