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Monday, March 8, 1999 Published at 18:02 GMT


Kubrick 'died of natural causes'

Kubrick's death came as a suprise to his doctor

A post mortem carried out on film director Stanley Kubrick has showed he died of natural causes.

Hertfordshire Police said: "There were no suspicious circumstances and there will not be an inquest."

Kubrick's sudden death on Sunday at the age of 70 came as a shock to the film world - and to his doctor, who had not been treating him for any potentially dangerous condition.

The cinema genius, famous for films like A Clockwork Orange and 2001: A Space Odyssey, was found dead at his home in Harpenden, Hertfordshire, just days after completing his latest movie, Eyes Wide Shut.

Police said the post mortem examination had been "a matter of routine."

Family withholds details

Relatives of the American movie legend have refused to release any details about the cause of his death.

Mr Kubrick, who moved to England in 1961, had spent the last two years shooting erotic thriller Eyes Wide Shut.

[ image: Cruise and Kidman star in Kubrick's last movie]
Cruise and Kidman star in Kubrick's last movie
It was his first feature since Full Metal Jacket, 10 years ago.

The film stars husband and wife Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, and tells the story of a psychiatrist couple who have affairs with their patients behind each other's backs.

The film was made at Pinewood in such secrecy that even its stars did not see the whole script. Warner Brothers bosses who backed the film were only allowed to see it last week after it was finished.

It had been rumoured that the sex scenes between Kidman and Cruise were so graphic they might not pass the censors.

But after the studio screening, the Hollywood Reporter said the finished film will pass American censorship rules.

Eyes Wide Shut is due to go on release in the USA on 16 July and in Britain later this summer.

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