10:32 22 January 2013
The film director Michael Winner, who was also known for being a newspaper columnist, has died at the age of 77. His wife confirmed the news of his death on Monday, according to reports.
Mr. Winner, who was famous for the 1970s thriller film Death Wish, directed at least 30 films during his career. Having been born in Hamstead, London, in 1935, it is understood that Mr. Winner died following a long spell of illness.
It is understood that last year Mr. Winner was suffering with regards to his liver.
Andrew Lloyd Webber took to Twitter following the news of Mr. Winner's death. He wrote: "True originals come rarely in a lifetime."
Mr. Winner also wrote for the popular music magazine NME (New Musical Express) at one stage during his life, and also set up The Police Memorial Trust following a shooting in London in 1984.
According to reports, Mr. Winner was seriously ill on five separate occasions, having had many operations to rectify his ill health.
Mr. Winner left his post at The Sunday Times in December, 2012. He leaves behind his wife, whom he married in 2011.
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