Michael Winner has died, he was seventy seven years old. He was an English film director, producer and restaurant critic for The Sunday Times passed away at his home in London on Monday, January 21, 2013, his wife Geraldine had been at his bedside.
It had been just last year 2012 when Winner revealed that he was suffering from live problems and specialist gave him around eighteen months more, he did have the consideration of ending his life at a euthanasia clinic
In a statement on Monday, Geraldine Winner said,
“Michael was a wonderful man – brilliant, funny and generous. A light has gone out in my life.”
“He was born in 1935 and started his career as a show-biz journalist before moving to the BBC as a screenwriter and assistant director in the late 1950s. He directed several low-budget British movies in the 1960s, and his work with Oliver Reed drew the attention of Hollywood producers.
Winner’s breakthrough came directing Marlon Brando in 1972 movie The Nightcomers, and in 1974 he shot his most famous film, controversial vigilante classic Death Wish, starring Charles Bronson.
His movie work thinned out in the 1980s and ’90s but he continued to shoot the occasional film, with his last work behind the camera being 1998 comedy Parting Shots.
In recent years, Winner became a famed and feared restaurant critic in the U.K., known for his blunt and often scathing reviews.”
As the news went out about his death, several fellow British stars took to Twitter.com to pay tribute to Winner. Theater impresario Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber writes,
”Dearest Mr Michael Winner. True originals come rarely in a lifetime. Madeleine and I will deeply miss you,” and Spandau Ballet star Martin Kemp tweets, “Rip Michael Winner… I will never forget our meetings… Loss of a great character!”.
Journalist Piers Morgan adds,
”Very sad to hear Michael Winner has died. Hilarious, often preposterous, always generous, highly intelligent man. And terrific writer. Rip… Favorite Winner anecdote was when he bought me a bottle of ’61 Latour for dinner, and I told him it was corked. He nearly self-combusted.”