I know I’ve sworn a short hiatus, but I have to put this up. Editor Sally Menke has sadly passed away at the age of 56. Many know her for her work with Quentin Tarantino, having edited all his films since Reservoir Dogs in 1992 and been a longtime friend.
LA Times goes into the full story:
Menke had gone hiking in the morning, and her friends alerted police after she failed to come home. Search dogs, an LAPD helicopter and officers from patrol units spent hours in Griffith Park searching for her.
Her locked car was found in a Griffith Park parking lot. Menke’s dog was found alive, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
The sources, who spoke on the condition that they not be named because the investigation was ongoing, said Menke’s body was found at the bottom of a ravine near 5600 block of Green Oak Drive.
No cause of death was immediately reported, and it’s unclear whether the heat was a factor.
Menke’s body was found just after 2 a.m. at the bottom of a ravine near the 5600 block of Green Oak Drive in Bronson Canyon.
Her dog was sitting next to her body, which was about a football field’s length from nearby homes.
I’m a huge fan of Tarantino’s movies, and have also been very fond of Menke’s editing. She knows how to weave stories together in the right way, and its a shame she had to die this early. This is truly one of the most shocking deaths of this year.
My condolences to her family and may she rest in peace.