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Sir Alan Parker, the celebrated director of films such as Bugsy Malone, Evita, and Midnight Express, has died at the age of 76.

The filmmaker died on Friday in London after a long illness, according to a statement from his family.

Parker was one of Britain’s most successful directors.

His diverse body of work also includes Fame, Mississippi Burning, The Commitments and Angela’s Ashes.

Together, his movies won 10 Academy Awards at 19 British Academy Film Awards.

Additional reporting by agencies

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