Director Anthony Minghella, Dead at 54

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The Associated Press is reporting that filmmaker Anthony Minghella, who won an Oscar for his 1996 film The English Patient, has passed away at 54.

“Anthony Minghella died this morning at Charing Cross Hospital in Hammersmith, west London,” Minghella’s spokesman said in a statement. “He was operated on last week for a growth in his neck, and the operation seemed to have gone well. At 5 a.m. today he had a fatal hemorrhage.”

The prestigious director known for films like The Talented Mr. Ripley, Cold Mountain and most recently, Breaking and Entering, all with Jude Law, was recently filming an adaptation of Alexander McCall Smith’s “The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency” and was scheduled to shoot a segment for the anthology New York, I Love You.