L.A. Confidential director Curtis Hanson found dead in California home: Police

Director Curtis Hanson participates in the HBO panel for the film Too Big To Fail in Pasadena, California, on Jan 7, 2011.
Director Curtis Hanson participates in the HBO panel for the film Too Big To Fail in Pasadena, California, on Jan 7, 2011.PHOTO: REUTERS

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Movie director Curtis Hanson, who won an Oscar for L.A. Confidential, was found dead in his California home on Tuesday (Sept 20), the Los Angeles Police Department said. He was 71.

Paramedics found Hanson at his Hollywood Hills home at about 5pm local time. Hanson, who was pronounced dead at the scene, died of natural causes, a police spokesman said.

Hanson had retired in recent years due to Alzheimer's, according to Variety.com.

Hanson, along with Brian Helgeland, won an Oscar in 1997 for best writing for their adaptation of L.A. Confidential from a novel by James Ellroy.

As a producer of the stylish 1997 period film, Hanson also shared the nomination for best picture and was nominated for best director. The film won a best supporting actress Oscar for Kim Basinger, and was nominated for cinematography, art direction, sound, editing and score.

Hanson's other films included The River Wild, Wonder Boys, 8 Mile and In Her Shoes.