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Breaking national news: Film director Michael Winner dies

PUBLISHED: 14:32 21 January 2013 | UPDATED: 14:32 21 January 2013

File photo dated 7/12/2010 of Michael Winner arrives at the launch of CNN's 'Piers Morgan Tonight', at the Mandarin Oriental hotel, in Knightsbridge, central London. Film director and restaurant critic Michael Winner has died, his wife Geraldine said today. He was 77. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday January 21, 2013. See PA story DEATH Winner. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

File photo dated 7/12/2010 of Michael Winner arrives at the launch of CNN's 'Piers Morgan Tonight', at the Mandarin Oriental hotel, in Knightsbridge, central London. Film director and restaurant critic Michael Winner has died, his wife Geraldine said today. He was 77. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday January 21, 2013. See PA story DEATH Winner. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Film director and restaurant critic Michael Winner has died, his wife Geraldine said today. He was 77.

Mr Winner, who made more than 30 films including the blockbuster Death Wish series, had been ill for some time and died today at his home in Kensington, London, where he was being nursed by his wife.

Paying tribute to her husband Mrs Winner, a former dancer who he married two years ago, said in a statement: “Michael was a wonderful man, brilliant, funny and generous.

“A light has gone out in my life.”

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