Acclaimed filmmaker Michael Winner has died, aged 77.
Best known for helming the popular Death Wish franchise starring Charles Bronson, the director passed away at his home after suffering heart and liver problems over the past two years.
Winner’s last film as director and producer was 1998’s Parting Shots and in recent years, he has worked as a restaurant critic for the Sunday Times. He’s survived by his wife Geraldine who reported the news saying: “A light has gone out in my life”.
Many stars paid tribute to the director including John Cleese who said: “I have just heard the very sad news about Michael. He was the dearest, kindest, funniest and most generous of friends. I shall miss him terribly.”
Sir Roger Moore added: “Kristina and I, and our families, were so sorry to hear the sad news of Michael’s passing. All of his life he was a controversial figure, but was a hugely talented director and the most amusing host you can ever imagine. I will miss him – he was a true friend.”