Jonshel Alexander dead: Beasts of the Southern Wild star dies aged 22 after shooting

Jonshel Alexander has reportedly died after a shooting in Louisiana at the age of 22 – she was a child actress and played a supporting role in Oscar-nominated Beasts of the Southern Wild

Jonshel Alexander has reportedly died after a shooting in Louisiana. She was 22 years old.

Jonshel was a child actress who played a supporting role in the 2012 Oscar-nominated film, Beasts of the Southern Wild.

The Hollywood Reporter has stated that the actress was shot while inside a vehicle in New Orleans on Saturday.

Police have said that a man was shot alongside Jonshel during the incident at the weekend, with the former child star being pronounced dead at the scene.

It was reported that the man who was also shot, whose name has not been released, drove himself to a hospital for treatment.

onshel Alexander, Kaliana Brower and Amber Henry join Quvenzhané Wallis on set of Beasts of the Southern Wild


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Jonshel played Joy Strong in Beasts of the Southern Wild when she was 12.

The drama recounted the battle for survival for the poor Louisiana bayou community and it won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.

The film was also nominated for four Academy Awards, including best picture.

Jonshel was among 4,000 Louisiana natives who were auditioned for the lead roles by director Benh Zeitlin.

Jonshel Alexander was hailed by the film director who cast her

Shelly Alexander said her daughter charmed the filmmakers: “She was like, ‘I’m going to be in this movie. They fell in love with Jonshel.”

Zeitlin described Jonshel as an “absolute one-of-a-kind, unforgettable, force-of-nature human being.”

The filmmaker continued: “We incorporated a part into the film that was very much inspired by her.

“A lot of the lines were written by her, and so much of the character grew out of who Jonshel was. Her character in the film is named Joy Strong, which always seemed like a perfect description of Jonshel.

“She was a really bright burning light.”

Zeitlin has reportedly been in touch with her family since the tragic incident and is said to be devastated by Jonshel’s death.

Zeitlin said he was devastated to learn of her death and has been in touch with her family.

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