Clerks' Caitlin Bree Dead at 44

Lisa Spoonauer died at her New Jersey home
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted May 24, 2017 7:05 PM CDT
Clerks Actress Dead at 44
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Lisa Spoonauer, the actress who played Caitlin Bree in Clerks, died Sunday at age 44 at her home in Jackson, NJ, the AP reports. Her cause of death has not been released. On Instagram, Kevin Smith offered up a touching remembrance of meeting Spoonauer in an acting class in 1992 while he was casting for the movie, his first. "Lisa was easily the most natural and authentic voice in the room. She didn't sound like she was acting at all; she delivered scripted dialogue as if she was inventing her conversation in the moment, like people do in real life," he wrote. Clerks, of course, was set in Spoonauer's and Smith's home state. Spoonauer ultimately became a restaurant manager and event planner, and is survived by a husband, daughter, and stepson. (More obituary stories.)

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