Mike Nichols, Award Winning Director and Husband of Diane Sawyer, Dies at 83

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Mike Nichols, a highly decorated and respected director of gems including The Graduate, Closer, Working Girl and Angels in America, has died at the age of 83.

ABC News President James Goldston confirmed the news in a note to staff Thursday morning:

“I am writing with the very sad news that Diane’s husband, the incomparable Mike Nichols, passed away suddenly on Wednesday evening.” [via The Hollywood Reporter]

“He was a true visionary, winning the highest honors in the arts for his work as a director, writer, producer and comic and was one of a tiny few to win the EGOT – an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony in his lifetime.”

Nichols, who reportedly passed away from cardiac arrest, is survived by his wife of nearly three decades, ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer. His most recent works included the Broadway productions of Death of a Salesman (2012) and Betrayal (2013). His last directed film was 2007’s Charlie Wilson’s War, starring Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts.

Goldston’s statement continued:

“Mike had a sparkling wit and a brilliant mind. Beloved by so many in film, television and Broadway, there was no greater joy in his life than his family, and of course our own Diane Sawyer. A true and beautiful love story, Mike and Diane were married for 26 years. He leaves behind three children — Daisy, Max and Jenny — and four wonderful grandchildren.”

According to THR, the family is expected to hold a private service this week, with a memorial to follow at a later date.