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Chris Brinker, the producer behind The Boondock Saints, died Friday after a sudden aortic aneurysm. He was just 42 years old.
Radar Online first reported the news that Brinker was rushed to the Marina Del Rey hospital Thursday night. He felt a sudden pain in his chest and was transferred to Los Angeles Medical Center at 1 a.m. Friday. They were unable to fix the aortic aneurysm.
“He went for surgery at 4 a.m. this morning and they were unable to fix the extensive damage he suffered from having an aortic aneurysm. It took him too long to get to a cardiac surgeon,” his brother, Michael, told Radar. “He went into multi-system failure. He basically bled internally and his intestines and organs were starved from oxygen.”
Michael, in tears, added, “It was unexpected. He was completely unaware of the aneurysm.”
Entertainment Weekly spoke with producer Lloyd Segan. He had been working with Brinker on Baby Proof.
“He was a dear friend of a whole lot of people including me,” Segan told EW. “It’s very tough. I want people to know what an amazing person he was and an inspiration too.”
Brinker recently directed his first film, Whiskey Bay, which stars Willem DaFoe and Matt Dillon. According to IMDb, the film is in post-production.
Brinker is best remembered for his work with writer/director Troy Duffy in creating The Boondock Saints (1999) and its 2009 sequel.
Segan told EW that Bricker and Duffy were “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.”