Ken Russell, the man whose film Tommy destroyed South Parade Pier at Southsea, has died aged 84.
The pier went up in flames 37 years ago while the director was shooting the rock opera Tommy on June 11, 1974.
The fire started when powerful arc lights shining through a ballroom window set fire to curtains.
The blaze was the biggest in Portsmouth since the Second World War and the flames could be seen all along the West Sussex and Hampshire coastline.
Russell’s son Alex, said his father died peacefully in his sleep in hospital yesterday<sun>.
During his career he became known for his controversial films which included Women in Love, which featured Oliver Reed and Alan Bates wrestling nude. He also directed the infamous religious drama The Devils
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