Blake Edwards Dies

The American film-maker, Blake Edwards, has died in southern California at the age of 88, his publicist has said.

Edwards died of complications from pneumonia at 1030 (1830 GMT) at St John's Health Centre in Santa Monica, Gene Schwam told the Associated Press.

His wife, the actress Julie Andrews, and other members of his family were at his side, Mr Schwam added.

Blake Edwards, a Hollywood master of screwball farces and rude comedies who was probably best known for the “Pink Panther” movies, died Wednesday in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 88.

His publicist Gene Schwam said the death, at St. John’s Health Center, was caused by complications of pneumonia. His wife, the actress Julie Andrews, and other family members were at his side, Mr. Schwam said

Filmmaker Blake Edwards has died at the age of 88.

The writer-director passed away on Thursday morning with wife Julie Andrews and his children at his bedside, reports Variety.

Edwards was best known for the success of his Pink Panther film series starring Peter Sellers as Inspector Clouseau.