Actor Julian Sands’ cause of death undetermined due to condition of his body

By , K24 Digital
On Tue, 25 Jul, 2023 07:38 | 2 mins read
Julian Sands. PHOTO/AP

Julian Sands' cause of death has been ruled 'undetermined' due to the condition of his remains, which were found in the California wilderness after a five-month search.

The 65-year-old actor's body was discovered by hikers last month near Mount Baldy - after he disappeared during a trek in the then-snow-covered area of California's San Gabriel Mountains.

Following an investigation, his final manner of death has been deemed as undetermined, according to an official.

The 'undetermined' manner of death is common when dealing with cases of this type, a spokesperson with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department told PEOPLE.

Sands, an avid hiker and mountaineer, was reported missing in January after setting out on the peak, which rises more than 10,000 feet east of Los Angeles.

The region was pounded by severe storms during the winter.

On June 24, hikers stumbled upon human remains in the wilderness which were then sent to the coroner's office and confirmed as Sands'.

Sands was married to US journalist Evgenia Citkowitz and had three adult children.

Mount Baldy towers above Los Angeles and is approximately 10,064 feet high.

His family had held out hope the actor would be found alive.

Shortly before his remains were found, they said in a statement: 'We continue to hold Julian in our hearts with bright memories of him as a wonderful father, husband, explorer, lover of the natural world and the arts, and as an original and collaborative performer.

'We are deeply grateful to the search teams and coordinators who have worked tirelessly to find Julian.'

Sands was born in 1958 in Yorkshire, northern England, to mother Brenda who raised him and his four brothers alone following her divorce.

He initially landed minor roles, starring alongside Anthony Hopkins in the 1983 TV film A Married Man, and appearing in Privates on Parade, about a military entertainment group in Malaysia in the late 1940s.

His first major production was 1984's The Killing Fields, the acclaimed historical drama about the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia.

Sands starred as journalist Jon Swain in the triple-Oscar winning film.

But it was his turn the following year in the adaptation of the classic E.M. Forster novel A Room With A View that propelled Sands to stardom.

It has now emerged that during one of Sands' final interviews with Radio Times, he eerily foreshadowed his own death.

He told the magazine: 'I've found spooky things on mountains when you know you're in a place where many people have lost their lives, whether it be on the Eiger or in the Andes.

'You may be confronted with human remains and that can be chilling. It's not necessarily supernatural, it's possibly all too natural - what I would call hypernatural.

'You're in the presence of big nature and big nature is revealing itself in all its power. It can take us over a threshold of hypersensitivity into a realm of natural forces.'

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