Sadly, top screenwriter and Oscar-winning film director Anthony Minghella died today at the age of 54. He had suffered complications following surgery last week for cancer of the tonsils and neck, his agent said.
Best remembered for the films Cold Mountain, The Talented Mr. Ripley, The English Patient, and Truly Madly Deeply, Anthony Minghella, CBE, started writing for theatre in 1975, then moved on to TV with Grange Hill, Boon, and Inspector Morse among his many credits.
He was born in Rdye, on the Isle of Wight, and suported the greatest football team in the world, Portsmouth FC, appearing in the Channel 4 documentary Hallowed Be Thy Game.
His home had two double bedrooms dedicated to the display of Portsmouth memorabilia dating back to the club's founding in 1898.
He will be surely missed. My sincere condolences to his family, friends and fans
Anthony Minghella 1954 - 2008