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'Boondock Saints' producer Chris Brinker dies suddenly from aortic aneurysm

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Forty-two-year-old producer and director Chris Brinker died suddenly Friday morning, EW confirmed. According to a report, Brinker began experiencing chest pains late Thursday night. Doctors were unable to treat the extensive damage from the aortic aneurysm.

Producer Lloyd Segan, who was working with Brinker on his next project Baby Proof, told EW “He was a dear friend of a whole lot of people including me. It’s very tough. I want people to know what an amazing person he was and an inspiration too. I’ve known him since he was in college, since he was an intern for me. So it’s a long time. He’s a phenomenal human being. He was an extraordinary man in every single way.”

Brinker’s directorial debut Whiskey Bay, with Matt Dillon and Williem Dafoe, is currently in post-production, but he is perhaps best-known for producing The Boondock Saints and its sequel. Segan, who also served as a producer on both films, called Brinker and Troy Duffy “the heart and soul of the Boondock Saints franchise. It was Chris who really pushed — every way believing in that movie. I would not have been involved in that film at all but for him.”

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