9 January 2013 8:35 AM, PST | newser.com | See recent newser news »

David R. Ellis, the 60-year-old director of Snakes on a Plane , was found dead in the bathroom of his Johannesburg hotel room Monday, the AP reports. He had been in South Africa working on a remake of 1998 Japanese anime film Kite , and was last seen in a restaurant Saturday. "Nothing was found to be missing from his room and no foul play is being suspected at this stage," says a police spokesperson. An autopsy was done yesterday, but the cause of death has not yet been determined. "So sad to hear of David R Ellis passing!" tweeted Snakes star »

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