Anthony Minghella, the brilliant director, who won an Oscar for his work on The English Patient, has died at the age of 54. According to a report in the New York Times, he died of complications from surgery he had a week ago to treat tonsil cancer.
Other Minghella films include Truly Madly Deeply, Cold Mountain, Breaking and Entering and The Talented Mr. Ripley He also directed a production of Madame Butterfly at the Metropolitan Opera last season. And he had recently filmed for HBO and the BBC, a two-hour pilot for The No. 1. Ladies Detective Agency, based on books written by Alexander McCall Smith.