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Breaking News: Academy Award Winning Director DEAD At 71!

Curtis Hanson

It is with heavy hearts that we inform you of the death of Academy Award winning director Curtis Hanson, who passed away at the age of 71 after battling Alzheimer’s Disease.

Hanson was most well-known for his role in the popular film L.A. Confidential, which earned him an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.

From Variety:

Curtis Hanson, director of “L.A Confidential” and winner with Brian Helgeland of an Oscar for adapting James Ellroy’s novel, was found dead in his Hollywood Hills home on Tuesday afternoon, a spokesperson with the Los Angeles Police Department confirmed. He was 71.

The official said paramedics responded to a call of an unconscious man at Hanson’s home at about 4:52 p.m. on Tuesday. He was pronounced dead at the scene. According to TMZ, which first reported the news, it appears as though Hanson died of a heart attack; while the LAPD spokesperson could not confirm that specific information, he said Hanson died of “natural causes.”

He had been retired in recent years and was reported to be suffering from Alzheimer’s.

As a producer of the stylish 1997 period film, Hanson shared the nomination for best picture and was nominated for best director. The film won an Oscar for actress Kim Basinger, and was nominated for cinematography, art direction, sound, editing, and score. At Cannes it screened in competition for the Palme d’Or, and in 2015 it was named to the National Film Registry

Hanson’s other films included “The River Wild” (1994), “Wonder Boys” (2000), “8 Mile” (2002) and “In Her Shoes” (2005).

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Hanson’s entire family during this trying time!