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No foul play in David R Ellis death - SAPS

2013-01-08 15:23
Johannesburg - South African police say no foul play is suspected in the death of David R Ellis, an American movie director whose body was found in a hotel bathroom in Johannesburg.

Sapa cites police as saying on Tuesday that the hotel manager discovered Ellis' body at around 13:00 on Monday.

Police say 60-year-old Ellis, who directed the movie Snakes on a Plane, was last seen on Saturday in a restaurant by a friend.

According to the news agency, police spokesperson Lungelo Dlamini said nothing was missing from Ellis's hotel room and no foul play is suspected "at this stage".

Ellis was in Johannesburg working on Kite, a remake of the 1998 Japanese anime film that was to have starred Snakes on a Plane actor Samuel L Jackson.

AP

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