‘Beasts Of The Southern Wild’ actress Jonshel Alexander killed aged 22 in shooting

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Former child actor was reportedly shot dead inside a vehicle in New Orleans

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of the southern wild According to reports, actress Jonchelle Alexander has passed away at the age of 22.

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Alexander, who played Joy Strong in the 2012 Oscar-nominated film, was reportedly shot dead on Saturday (Nov. 27) in New Orleans, Louisiana.

According to Hollywood ReporterPolice said Sikandar and a man were shot inside a vehicle and were declared brought dead on the spot. The man, whose name has not been released, was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Investigators have reportedly located a vehicle of interest in connection with the shooting, a red-coloured pickup truck believed to have been used by the killer.

Jonschel Alexander, Kaliana Brower, Amber Henry and Quvenzhen Wallis in ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’ Credit: Alamy

Her mother, Shelly Alexander, paid tribute to her daughter The Times Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate, saying: “He breathed life into everything. Jonshel was feisty, jazzy, spoiled. It was his way or not. Joneshel was like, ‘This is going to be me’.”

Directed by Benh Zeitlin, of the southern wild A drama film following the story of a poor Louisiana bayou community struggling for survival.

The film was nominated for four Oscars in 2013, for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Actress for nine-year-old Quénzene Wallis – the youngest ever to be nominated in this category.

Zeitlin has described Alexander as “a kind of complete, unforgettable, powerful man” and has been in contact with his family since learning of his death.

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