Legendary actor, author and symphonic heavy metal singer (yes – you read that right), Sir Christopher Lee has passed away at age 93. He died at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital on June 7 after being admitted for respiratory problems. Mr. Lee is survived by his wife, Gitte (nee Kroencke), whom he married in 1961, and their daughter, Christina.
Gaining fame portraying the famous monsters in the classic Hammer Horror films, Sir Christopher had a long and admired career on stage and screen. Few men are so beloved for their ability to play a villain so convincingly through so many decades. Of course his talents allowed him to portray wide and varied roles, from Sherlock Holmes to Fu Manchu to Lord Summerisle – but it’s his villains that will never be forgotten. His passing is a great loss for us all.