Such sad news.
Oscar-winning director for The English Patient, Anthony Minghella, passed away this morning, after suffering from a sudden brain hemorrhage. He was just 54. The director had been in a hospital in London, recovering from an operation he had last week, for a growth in his neck, which "seemed to have gone well."
In addition to The English Patient, Anthony directed movies such as The Talented Mr. Ripley, starring Jude Law, Matt Damon and Gwyneth Paltrow, and Cold Mountain, which won Renee Zellweger an Oscar.
Jude released this statement on the director's death:
"I am deeply shocked and saddened to hear of Anthony's untimely death. I worked with him on three films, more than with any other director, but had come to value him more as a friend than as a colleague. He was a brilliantly talented writer and director who wrote dialogue that was a joy to speak and then put it onto the screen in a way that always looked effortless. He made work feel like fun. He was a sweet, warm, bright and funny man who was interested in everything from football to opera, films, music, literature, people and most of all his family whom he adored and to whom I send my thoughts and love. I shall miss him hugely."