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Director posts photo with actor taken just days before plane crash killed star and two daughters

Director posts photo with actor taken just days before plane crash killed star and two daughters

The Speed Racer actor died alongside his two young daughters on Thursday

A film director posted a photo with an actor, taken just days before a plane crash killed the star and his two daughters.

Yesterday (4 January), Christian Oliver died after the small plane he was travelling in nose-dived into the sea off the island of Bequia which is part of St. Vincent in the Caribbean.

The 51-year-old was known for films such as Speed Racer and The Good German and worked on last year’s Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny.

According to the Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force, the German actor and his daughters (Madita, 10, and Annik, 12) were on board the single-jet engine when it experienced ‘difficulties’ and ‘plummeted into the ocean’ not long after take off.

The director paid tribute.

Police said the small plane had just taken off from the J.F. Mitchell Airport in Paget Farm and was headed for the island nation of St. Lucia, 65 miles to the north.

The plane’s pilot and owner, Robert Sachs, was also reported to have died in the crash.

Oliver had recently been working on a new film in the US called Forever Hold Your Peace.

The actor is listed on IMDB as playing ‘Ivan’ in the movie that is still in production.

Following the news of his death, the director paid tribute with a post on Instagram.

The film is still in production.

Sharing a snap of Oliver and him holding their hands up, Nick Lyon wrote: “This is our 5th film together. @christianoliverofficial and me produced this one, and this is our last day of filming!

“We talked about producing a film together for years and finally did it! Thank you for being a great colleague, actor and friend @christianoliverofficial #foreverholdyourpeace.”

On Christmas Eve, just less than two weeks before his death, Oliver shared a snap from the film’s set with the caption: “….and that’s a wrap! Looking forward to 2024! #greatthingstocome #moviemagic.”

Oliver had been working on a new film.

Actor Bai Ling also paid tribute on Instagram and said she’d been working on the film and was due to shoot a scene with him.

Praising how ‘brave’ and ‘gentle’ he was, she wrote: “Dear Christian Oliver @christianoliverofficial with tears in my eyes I cannot express the sorrow I felt when our director Nick called me not long ago, that the plane he took had crashed, including his beautiful 2 daughters and the pilot had all passed!

“I cried, it was our first and last film together, I loved working with him so much, but luckily you can see our #film it’s called #foreverholdyourpeace.”

The cause of the fatal crash remains under investigation.

Featured Image Credit: Instagram / @nicklyondirector / Tara Ziemba / FilmMagic

Topics: World News, TV and Film, Instagram