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BRINKER, CHRISTOPHER LUKE December 17, 1970 to February 8, 2013 Christopher Brinker, film producer for the iconic film The Boondock Saints and several other films, tragically passed away on February 8, 2013 from an aortic aneurysm; he was age 42. Brinker was filming final scenes for Whiskey Bay, a film to have marked his directorial debut. Brinker was on the movie set, directing scenes in Marina Del Rey when he suffered sharp chest pains late Thursday evening. He was rushed to the hospital with an undiagnosed aneurysm when it ruptured and he died suddenly during surgery. Brinker was a San Diego native, having graduated from Point Loma High School and attended California State University, Los Angeles and UCLA. He was to receive the Robert Smalls Indie Vision Award at the 7th Annual Beaufort International Film Festival in February. He will be remembered for his love for family and passion for filmmaking. He is survived by his parents, Sherron and Michael P. Brinker, his siblings, Michael J. Brinker, Laura Brinker-White and Brear Cannarsa, seven nieces and nephews and long-time girlfriend Erika Bruun-Andersen. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 2nd, at 1 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 4776 Saratoga Avenue, San Diego, CA 92107. In lieu of gifts and flowers, donations may be made to the "Chris Brinker Productions Foundation", P.O. Box 3164, Del Mar, CA 92014. Inquiries: cbfilmfoundation@ballastpt.com. The nonprofit organization will offer scholarships to young, aspiring film-makers and artists. 501c3, nonprofit status in process.

Published in U-T San Diego on Feb. 24, 2013
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