'Deer Hunter' director Michael Cimino, whose career tanked after 'Heaven's Gate,' dead at 77

July 3, 2016 5:09 AM

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LOS ANGELES — Michael Cimino, the Oscar-winning director whose film "The Deer Hunter" became one of the great triumphs of Hollywood's 1970s heyday, and whose disastrous "Heaven's Gate" helped bring that era to a close, has died.

Cimino died Saturday at age 77, Los Angeles County acting coroner's Lt. B. Kim told The Associated Press. He said Cimino had been living in Beverly Hills but did not yet have further details on the circumstances of his death.

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