The filmmaker–who won a Best Director Academy Award for 1996 film The English Patient–died at age 54 from a brain hemorrhage at London’s Charing Cross Hospital, where he had undergone a routine operation on his neck.
He says, “(I’d) 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.”
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