Blake Edwards, the eighty eight year old film director, screenwriter, and producer well known for Pink Panther films, has passed away. Edwards passed with his wife, Julie Andrews, and his family members by his side. Edwards' representative, Gene Schwam, confirmed that the actor died Wednesday in Santa Monica, California due to complications from pneumonia.
Edwards leaves behind five children: Jennifer and Geoffrey from his first marriage to Patricia Walker, Andrew's daughter Emma from her first marriage, and adopted Vietnamese orphans Ameila Leigh and Joanna Lynne. Edwards was the step grandson of silent film director J. Gordon Edwards.
Edwards' brand of farce was best described by critic Pauline Kael as a "love of free for all lunacy." Edwards' contributions to films like The Pink Panther, Breakfast At Tiffany's, The Great Race, and Victor/Victoria rendered him a tremendous following. Edward's work encompassed more than four decades and attributed to much laughter.