27 February 2013 7:00 AM, PST | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

An award-winning TV and film director was killed in a gruesome shark attack off the coast of New Zealand today ... as authorities grabbed guns and opened fire on the animals. 46-year-old Adam Strange -- who's directed a whole bunch of international commercials for companies like Pepsi and Firestone -- was swimming at a popular Nz beach when a Great White pulled him underwater. According to local reports, at least 3 other sharks were drawn to the attack. »

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