Anthony Minghella, the Oscar-winning director and writer of The English Patient, has died suddenly, Variety reports. He was 54. The cause of death has not yet been confirmed. Mr. Minghella most recently directed the BBC/HBO telepic No 1 Ladies Detective Agency, based on Alexander McCall Smith’s novel set in Botswana, which is due to premiere March 23 on BBC1. His last movie was Breaking and Entering. His other credits include Cold Mountain, The Talented Mr Ripley and Truly Madly Deeply.