Marcel Marceau appeared on Google Doodle on Wednesday, as a celebration for the French artist on the centenary of his birth. He died on September 22, 2007, at the age of 84.
The news was announced to the world by his personal assistant and alumnus, Alexander Neander.
What is the cause of Marcel Marceau’s death?
Marceau died in a retirement home in Cahors, France, where he had moved after retiring from performing in 2005. At his funeral, the second movement of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21 was played, as well as Sarabande Cello Suite No. 5. Marceau was buried at Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris.
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At the time of his death, the cause of death was not disclosed. After nearly 15 years, the details surrounding his death are yet to be revealed.
The Master of Silence was born on this day in 1923 in Strasbourg, France. His real name was Marcel Mangel but he changed his surname after the German occupation of France to avoid revealing his Jewish identity.
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He has always dreamed of acting in silent films since his childhood, ever since he entered the cinema. He was only 17 years old when Nazi Germany invaded France. He and his family fled to Limoges where he was urged by his cousin Georges Longer, a member of the French Jewish Resistance in France, to join the French Jewish Resistance in France to help rescue Jews during the Holocaust.
Marceau begins using his mime skills to help smuggle Jewish children out of Nazi-occupied France. His gestural rhythms were also used to calm children when they faced perilous moments on the journey to the Swiss border. During the war, Marceau made three such trips and freed at least 70 children.