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"English Patient" Director Mysteriously Dies

3/18/2008 10:47 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

UPDATE: A spokesperson for the director said he suffered a brain hemorrhage at 5 A.M. Tuesday morning at Charing Cross Hospital in London, where he had undergone a routine operation on his neck.

Anthony Minghella, the Oscar-winning director of "The English Patient," "The Talented Mr. Ripley" and "Cold Mountain" has died. He was 54.

His death was confirmed Tuesday by his agent, but no other details were immediately available.

Minghella was recently in Botswana filming an adaptation of Alexander McCall Smith's novel "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency." The show was set to air on British television this week.

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Anonymous 4.12.08 Expect us    

So young. So sad.

RIP Anthony.

2324 days ago
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Anonymous 4.12.08 Expect us    

WTF TMZ? Can't you stop the spam sites that try to infect your computers? Can't you block they email verifications? Seriously, these people are annoying, waiting on every story to spread their spam sites. Damn.

2324 days ago
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moi    

How sad. He's young and I thought his movies were beautifully done. The English Patient was so romantic and introduced me to the amazing Naveen Andrews.

2324 days ago
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Liz    

What an awesome director.........................so very young. You will truly be missed.

God bless.

2324 days ago
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Mikey    

PROBABLY DIED OF BOREDOM WATCHING THE ENGLISH PATIENT!

2324 days ago
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ME    

Another AIDS death in Hollyweird!

2324 days ago
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ian    

Mikey, caps lock off, takes a little thought, but I think you can do it.

2324 days ago
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ProofReader    

Uh, anyone at TMZ actually read their stuff before it goes on the site?
"...but no other details were not immediately available."

So that must mean some details were immediately available, right. No wait. All the details were available. No wait. Cripes. No details....not available,....
If this is the best writing you can do I need to apply for a job at TMZ

2324 days ago
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JCW    

I knew him for a time while he was living in Berkeley. He was not only a great talent but a truly kind and loving person.
His death was due to complications following surgery for cancer of the tonsils and throat, not AIDS. He was devoted to his wife Carolyn and their two children.

2323 days ago
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hanjob solo    

This just in...Heather Mills has accepted his proposal

2323 days ago
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Carolyn A-B    

This talent got some wonderful performances out of his actors (Gwyneth Paltrow and Matt Damon in "Mr. Ripley" and Renee Z. in "Cold Mountain," as well as the cast of "The English Patient"). I had only just read this week about the Botswanan detective series he was adapting that was scheduled to air in the U.K. this week, according to timesonline.

Bravo for a life and career that celebrated art. You will be sorely missed. God bless you and your family.

2323 days ago
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noyankhere    

mr mingella, you will be missed, TRUELY, MADLY, DEEPLY... MAY YOU REST IN ETERNAL PEACE...

2323 days ago
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fox    

So sad

2305 days ago

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