The Commitments and Angela's Ashes director Alan Parker dies aged 76
Alan Parker, the director famous for his work on The Commitments and Angela's Ashes, has died at the age of 76.
Both films are among the most popular films in Irish history.
The English filmmaker had several other major credits in his filmography, including the Academy Award-nominated films Mississippi Burning and Evita. His final movie, The Life of David Gale, starring Kevin Spacey, was completed in 2003.
Parker had been suffering from a long illness.
The British Film Institute acknowledged Parker's passing with a tweet that read: "We're deeply saddened to learn that British filmmaker Alan Parker passed away this morning. Also a former Chairman of the BFI, his works as director include Midnight Express, The Commitments and Angela's Ashes."
Parker is survived by his wife Lisa Moran-Parker, his children Lucy, Alexander, Jake, Nathan and Henry, and seven grandchildren.