(ReliableNews.org) – Ross McDonnell was an incredible filmmaker. The 44-year-old won multiple Emmy awards and nominations for his film work, and received an Emmy nomination for his film “Elián.” Sadly, he won’t be filming any more projects.
On November 4, McDonnell left his home in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, on a bike. That bike was found abandoned on November 7 at Fort Tilden Beach, Queens. Several days later, on November 17, a human torso washed up on Breezy Point Beach, a few miles from Fort Tilden. The torso had legs attached to it but was missing the head and arms. Concern that it might be the Dublin, Ireland, native began circulating.
The family of the Emmy winner has now confirmed his death. According to an online obituary, McDonnell “unexpectedly” died on November 5. It went on to say that he would be “very sadly missed by his loving parents, sister,” and everyone else who loved him.
McDonnell has won two Emmy Awards. His first was for the Showtime documentary “The Trade,” about illicit industries. His second was for “The First Wave,” a National Geographic documentary about the worldwide health crisis. He was also nominated for another Emmy for the documentary “Elián,” about Elián González, the Cuban boy who captured the world’s attention during former President Bill Clinton’s administration. He directed “Colony,” a documentary featuring beekeepers and the struggles the bees face. The film won an IDFA First Feature Award. He was also on the shortlist for the Prix Pictet Photography Award and had his work showcased at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum.
The New York City Medical Examiner will determine McDonnell’s cause of death. NBC News reported sources said foul play isn’t suspected and authorities have also ruled out suicide. They believe he might have gone for a swim and drowned after getting caught in the current. An investigation into his death is ongoing.
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