Quentin Tarantino's Longtime Editor Sally Menke Found Dead
There are plenty of people who regard Quentin Tarantino as a truly unique and visionary director, but someone had to piece all of his crazy ideas that he put onto celluloud into one cohesive motion picture. That person was Academy Award nominated editor Sally Menke who collaborated with Tarantino on Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, the Kill Bill double feature, DeathProof and Inglourious Basterds. Tragically, The LA Times reports the 56 year-old editor was found dead in the Beachwood Canyon area of the Hollywood Hills in Los Angeles presumably succumbing to the record heat that struck the city yesterday.
Menke had gone jogging in the morning, but her friends began worrying when she hadn't returned home later in the evening. Though not confirmed it is believed the stagnant heat caused to to collapse and fall into a nearby ravine. Her body was found around 2am this morning with her dog sitting loyally at her side. In addition to her work on Tarantino's films, Menke also lent her editing talents to the first adaptation of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mullholland Falls and Peacock. She was currently hard at work on editing Michel Gondry's big screen take on The Green Hornet, so it's unclear who will take over her responsibilities. Our thoughts go out to Ms. Menke's friends and family during this hard time.