The Oscar-nominated cinematographer passed away last Thursday (23Feb12), according to Variety. No more details about his death were known as WENN went to press.
Surtees was the son of legendary Hollywood cinematographer Robert L. Surtees, who won Oscars for King Solomon's Mines, The Bad and the Beautiful, and the epic Ben Hur, and he is best known for his extensive work with Eastwood.
He made 14 films with the veteran actor/director, including 1971's Dirty Harry, and Eastwood chose Surtees as his director of photography when he made his directorial debut on Play Misty for Me in 1971.
Surtees won an Oscar nomination in 1975 for his work on Bob Fosse's Lenny Bruce biopic Lenny and his other film credits include Risky Business and Beverly Hills Cop.
The British production worker, a dialogue editor on 1979 sci-fi classic Alien and sound editor on 1985 adventure movie King Solomon's Mines, suffered a stroke in February (11) which left him struggling to swallow.
Days later he choked while eating the sweet treat, sparking a fatal heart attack.
A coroner in Oxfordshire, England, ruled Tilling - who also worked as a dubbing editor on cult creepy TV series Hammer House of Horror - died from an "obstruction of the airway, leading to cardiac arrest".
The Aussie actor will star in and produce a big screen re-imagining of H. Rider Haggard's Victorian adventurer Allan Quatermain, made famous in the hit novel King Solomon's Mines.
Worthington will lead the production as well as taking on the lead role, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Instead of the Quatermain novels' original setting in Africa, Worthington's adaptation will see the protagonist return to Earth following a space trip - only to find there are no humans left on the planet.
Worthington will work alongside Hannah Montana: The Movie producing duo Alfred Gough and Miles Millar.