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Tributes to director and critic Winner

TRIBUTES have been paid to one of the "true originals" -- film director and restaurant critic Michael Winner -- who died yesterday aged 77.

Winner, who made more than 30 films including the hit Death Wish series, had been ill for some time.

He died at home in London, where he was nursed by wife Geraldine following a lengthy battle with liver disease.

Paying tribute to her husband, Mrs Winner said: "Michael was a wonderful man, brilliant, funny and generous. A light has gone out in my life."

In a career spanning more than 50 years, he worked with some of the biggest stars in Hollywood, including Marlon Brando, Robert Mitchum and Faye Dunaway.