Kate Ward
April 09, 2011 AT 06:18 PM EDT

Following the sad passing of Sidney Lumet Saturday, the director’s friend Quincy Jones released a statement to EW paying tribute to The Pawnbroker helmer. “I am absolutely devastated at the news of the passing of my dear friend, collaborator and brother Sidney Lumet,” Jones said. “Sidney gave me my start in film composing in 1963 with The Pawnbroker and I was privileged to work with him on four additional films including The Wiz.  Sidney was a visionary filmmaker whose movies made an indelible mark on our popular culture with their stirring commentary on our society. Future generations of filmmakers will look to Sidney’s work for guidance and inspiration, but there will never be another who comes close to him.” Jones and Lumet also worked together on 1971’s The Anderson Tapes. (Reporting by Missy Schwartz)

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