This is just terribly sad to hear.
Spike Lee kicked off 2014 on a very sad note as his younger brother Christopher Lee, 55, passed away on New Year's Eve.
The acclaimed director made the announcement on Instagram with a picture of a single flower and wrote:
"Mr. Christopher Lee R.I.P December 23,1958-December 30,2013. Chris Is My Brother Born Right After Me.Not A Good Way To Start The New Year.May God Bless His Soul."
Within hours, Spike and his family received tons of support, and he followed up with another message:
"On Behalf Of The Lee Family I Thank One And All,From Far And Near For Your Very Heart Felt Kind Words On The Loss Of Our Brother Chris Lee."
Spike didn't reveal any details on the cause of his brother's death, however, he did announce that they would be holding a memorial service for him in Brooklyn on Saturday.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Lee family at this incredibly difficult time.
[Image via Spike Lee/Instagram.]