Oscar-winning British director Anthony Minghella, aged 54, died in a London hospital this morning. His agent has confirmed that he died of a haemorrhage, which developed following surgery last week for neck and tonsils cancer.
Mr. Minghella was an active member of the British film industry and was writer and director of a number of both critically and commercially successful films.
Mr. Minghella won the Oscar for Best Director in 1997 for The English Patient. He had also been twice nominated for Best Screenplay, in 1997 for the same film and in 2000 for The Talented Mr. Ripley.
At the time of his death, he was chairman of the British Film Institute and upcoming projects had included the The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency (a TV episode of the book, due to be screened this Easter) and New York, I Love You, which is currently filming. This film, however, is based on the Paris Je t’Aime template, with about 12 directors (including Scarlet Johansson, Mira Nair and Brett Ratner) directing a segment each.
Other films he directed and wrote include Cold Mountain and Truly Madly Deeply.
Mr. Minghella is survived by his wife and child.