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Sally Menke, Film Editor for Quentin Tarantino, Dies at 56

Film editor Sally Menke, best known for her work with Quentin Tarantino, was found dead in Los Angeles on Tuesday, the Los Angeles Times reported. She was 56. See celebrities who died in 2010

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Film editor Sally Menke, best known for her work with Quentin Tarantino, was found dead in Los Angeles on Tuesday, the Los Angeles Timesreported. She was 56.

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Friends contacted the police on Monday when Menke didn't return home from hiking with her dog.

Her body was found early Tuesday at the bottom of a ravine, not far from where her car was parked. The Los Angeles County coroner's office was determining whether the record-breaking heat was a factor in her death. Monday's 113 degrees was the hottest day ever recorded in downtown Los Angeles.

Her dog was sitting next to her body, which was about a football field's length from nearby homes, the Times said.

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Menke and Tarantino worked together on his first feature, 1992's Reservoir Dogs. In an 2009 essay for the Guardian, Menkin said the script "was amazing. It floored me."

They continued their professional relationship on the films Pulp Fictionand Kill Bill: Vol 1and 2. Menke also edited last year's Inglourious Basterds.