English Patient Director Anthony Minghella Dead at 54

Anthony Minghella only had eight films to his credit in an eighteen year career, but he sure made the most of it. Counting among his credits were Oscar winners “The English Patient” and “Cold Mountain”. In 2008 alone, Minghella had three films in the pipe — one completed, one in production, and a third announced. But at the age of 54, Anthony Minghella is not going to get to finish “New York, I Love You”, or start filming “The Ninth Life of Louis Drax”, because the director has passed away, according to reports, due to a hemorrhage after a routine operation on his neck.

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Oscar-winning director Anthony Minghella, who turned such literary works as “The English Patient,” “The Talented Mr. Ripley” and “Cold Mountain” into acclaimed movies, has died. He was 54.

Minghella’s publicist, Jonathan Rutter, said the filmmaker died Tuesday morning at London’s Charing Cross Hospital of a hemorrhage. He said Minghella 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.”

RIP.

English Patient Director Anthony Minghella Dead at 54