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Curtis Hanson dead at 71; 'L.A. Confidential' thrust him to the forefront of American directors

Curtis Hanson dead at 71; 'L.A. Confidential' thrust him to the forefront of American directors

Curtis Hanson, the director and Oscar-winning screenwriter whose eclectic body of work included the film noir “L.A. Confidential,” the rap-music drama “8 Mile” and the offbeat comedy “Wonder Boys,” died Tuesday in Los Angeles. He was 71.

Los Angeles police were called to a home in the Hollywood Hills just before 5 p.m. on reports of a medical emergency, LAPD Officer Tony Im said.

Hanson was pronounced dead at the scene, and police say he died of natural causes. His family was notified of his death, police said.

Hanson fell gravely ill in November 2011 while directing the Northern California surfing drama “Chasing...

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