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Jennifer Connelly calls 'Labyrinth' co-star David Bowie a 'genius who had the time to be kind'

By Karen Butler   |   Jan. 12, 2016 at 7:58 PM
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NEW YORK, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Connelly fondly remembered her Labyrinth co-star David Bowie, who died at the age of 69 Sunday after a secret, 18-month battle with cancer.

"I met David Bowie when I was 14 and he became a hero to me -- because he was an artist, and because he was a genius who had the time to be kind," the 45-year-old actress said in a statement to Entertainment Weekly.

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"I'd never met such an extraordinary artist before, and I haven't since -- the world will be a greyer place without him. My thoughts are with his family and loved ones."

Directed by Jim Henson, penned by Terry Jones and executive produced by George Lucas, 1986's Labyrinth is a cult-classic, fantasy film starring Bowie as Jareth, the Goblin King, and Connelly as Sarah, the teen whose baby brother he abducts. The movie famously featured Bowie singing alongside puppet creations from Jim Henson's Creature Shop.

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