German film and theatre director Christoph Schlingensief has died at the age of 49 from lung cancer.
He had been suffering from the disease for two years.
Schlingensief was seen as a maverick for his highly provocative and politically-charged productions.
He once famously cast a groups of neo-Nazi skinhead in his version of “Hamlet”.
Schlingensief aslo created the Austrian TV show “Foreigners out!” — a send up of Big Brother series where real asylum seekers lived inside containers and viewers voted on which ones should leave the country.
He directed numerous movies, plays and operas including at the renowned annual Richard Wagner festival in Bayreuth, Germany.
Recently he had been working an opera project in the west African country of Burkina Faso.