Hickenlooper’s cousin dies

George Hickenlooper, cousin of Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, died this morning in Denver, apparently of natural causes. The Los Angeles-based filmmaker was 47.

The Emmy-winning Hickenlooper was in town for the premier of his latest film, “Casino Jack,” which is scheduled to play Tuesday evening at the Starz Denver Film Festival.

John Hickenlooper has a small part in the film and had been planning to attend the premier.

Hickenlooper directed Mick Jagger and Julianna Marguiles in “The Man From Elysian Fields.” He also directed the documentary “Hick Town” about the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver.

Mayor John Hickenlooper issued the following statement:

“Shock and sadness do not begin to describe our emotions. We are devastated. George had immense creative talents and cinematic gifts, but he was so much more than that to us and all his family. His passion for life, zeal for people and unquenchable curiosity enriched everyone who had the fortune to know him. We will miss his sense of humor, his warm character and the avid encouragement he gave anyone around him. Our hearts go out to his wife, Suzanne, and his son, Charles.”

Scot Kersgaard has been managing editor of a political newspaper, editor and co-owner of a ski town newspaper, executive editor of eight high-tech magazines (where he worked with current Apple CEO Tim Cook), deputy press secretary to a U.S. Senator, and an outdoors columnist at the Rocky Mountain News. He has an English degree from the University of Washington. He was awarded a fellowship to study internet journalism at the University of Maryland's Knight Center for Specialized Journalism. He was student body president in college. He spends his free time hiking and skiing.

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