Adam Strange, an award-winning filmmaker from New Zealand, was killed last night via a shark attack off the coast of his native country. He was 46 years old.
The incident took place about 200 yards offshore from Muriwai Beach, according to NBC News.
New Zealand Police Inspector Shawn Rutene says witnesses called authorities upon witnessing the attack, but lifeguards could not reach Strange in time to save his life.
Strange started his career in the world of graphic design and TV commercials, eventually working his way up to short films.
His best known movie, "Aphrodite’s Farm," won the Crystal Bear for “Best Short Film, 14+” at the Berlin Film Festival in 2009.
The filmmaker leaves behind a wife and a daughter.