Oscar winner Minghella dies
According to the Guardian, Minghella passed away early this morning after suffering a haemorrhage. Last week, he underwent an operation to tackle cancer in his tonsils and neck, the paper said.
Minghella was widely acknowledged as one of Britain's most accomplished directors. He won the Best Director Oscar in 1997 for The English Patient, which dominated that year's ceremony taking nine prizes including Best Picture.
He was also behind the camera for Truly, Madly, Deeply, The Talented Mr Ripley and Cold Mountain, as well as contributing to the screenplays for all three films. In 2000, his adaptation of The Talented Mr Ripley won him another Oscar nomination.
Tributes have poured in from the film industry. Longtime friend Lord Puttnam said Minghella was "a storyteller in the classic British tradition", adding that he was a "really excellent director, he was also a really beautiful man".
Jude Law, who Minghella directed in three films including Cold Mountain and The Talented Mr Ripley, said he was "deeply shocked and saddened to hear of Anthony's untimely death".
Minghella had recently finished work on co-writing and directing a TV adaptation of The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency for the BBC.
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