Mike Nichols has died, aged 83

Oscar-winning director Mike Nichols has died, aged 83, as confirmed by a spokesman from the ABC network.

Nichols was perhaps best known for directing The Graduate, the film that brought about his Academy win, but was also one of only twelve people to win an Oscar, Grammy, Emmy and Tony.

The director was also recognised with Oscar nominations for Working Girl, The Remains Of The Day, Silkwood and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, with his last major film being Charlie Wilson’s War, back in 2007.

Born in Germany, Nichols was married to ABC News presenter Diane Sawyer - his fourth wife – with the pair having tied the knot back in 1988. He is survived by three children.

James Goldston, president of ABC News, described him as “a true visionary”, saying, “no one was more passionate about his craft than Mike.”

“In a triumphant career that spanned over six decades, Mike created some of the most iconic works of American film, television and theatre.”

Our thoughts go out to his family at this difficult time.