Longtime Hollywood collaborator dies from brain aneurysm

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Director Joel Schumacher’s longtime movie collaborator Eli Richbourg has died after suffering a brain aneurysm, officials said.

The writer/producer passed away in Paris, France on March 20 at the age of 42, according to Deadline.com.

Richbourg worked in the art department on Schumacher’s 1995 film Batman Forever and became his assistant on the following year’s A Time To Kill, and rewrote many of the director’s films.

On 1999’s 8MM, he rose to second unit director and went on to serve as associate producer on movies such as Tigerland, Bad Company and Phone Booth, before co-producing Phantom Of The Opera.

In more recent years, Richbourg rewrote Schumacher’s Trespass and sold a Rambo reboot pitch to film bosses at Millennium Entertainment.

He is survived by his wife Gaelle and a two-year-old son, Paul, and a fund has been set up to help support the youngster’s education.

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