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The Times (30/Apr/1980) - Sir Alfred Hitchcock dies at age of 80

The Times (30/Apr/1980)

Sir Alfred Hitchcock dies at age of 80

Los Angeles, April 29. Sir Alfred Hitchcock, whose films thrilled and terrified audiences for more than half a century, died today at the age of 80. The cause of his death was not disclosed.

Sir Alfred recently spent several days at a medical centre in Hollywood for tests.

The director, who was born in Leytonstone, Essex, had a heart pacemaker and had suffered painful bouts of arthritis in recent years, causing him to use a wheelchair or crutches.

When he died, Sir Alfred was working on a film dealing with George Blake, the British spy, to be called The Short Night.

A naturalized citizen of the United States, Sir Alfred received his knighthood in a ceremony on a Hollywood studio set in January.

Told by the British Consul General that he was "Sir Alfred from now on", he said, with a typical touch of Hitchcock humour: "I'm sorry I didn't have my army with me today".

He entered the film industry in 1929 as a writer. Among the films he directed were : Rebecca, Psycho, Spellbound, The Man Who Knew Too Much, Vertigo, The Thirty-Nine Steps, The Lady Vanishes, Foreign Correspondent, The Paradine Case, Dial M for Murder, North by Northwest, Rear Window and The Birds.

He specialized in mystery-films and said of himself: "I am a visual storyteller"