Anthony Minghella: 1954-2008

Rest in peace, Mr. Minghella.

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Anthony Minghella - Rotten Tomatoes Anthony Minghella, the Oscar-winning director of The English Patient, The Talented Mr. Ripley, and Cold Mountain, has passed away at the age of 54.

The Associated Press is reporting the news, which has been confirmed by Minghella's agent, Judy Daish. According to the AP, no other details are available, but Variety is reporting that Minghella "suffered a brain hemorrhage at 5 A.M. Tuesday at Charing Cross Hospital in London, where he had undergone a routine operation on his neck."

Minghella's career Tomatometer rating of 70 percent reflects the relatively consistent critical esteem that his films enjoyed. 1996's The English Patient was nominated for a dozen Academy Awards and took home nine, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actress in a Supporting Role. The writer-director's 2006 film Breaking and Entering debuted at the Toronto Film Festival, where our cameras caught him on the red carpet (left). Minghella was most recently in Botswana, working on an adaptation of Alexander McCall Smith's novel, The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency which is set to debut on BBC1 next week.

Source: Associated Press
Source: Variety