Film director Michael Winner dies

Michael Winner, the film director and restaurant critic, has died at the age of 77.

Michael, 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 Geraldine.

Paying tribute to her husband, Geraldine, 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."