Curtis Hanson, who was best known for L.A. Confidential – which he won a screenwriting Oscar for – and Eminem’s tale of Detroit hip-hip “8 Mile”, has died at age 71.
Paramedics arrived at his house in the Hollywood Hills on late Tuesday afternoon to find Curtis unresponsive, according to Officer Liliana Preciado, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Police Department. The reason for his sudden death is believed to be of natural causes.

Hanson started screenwriting and directing in the early 1970s but didn’t see serious success until directing 1992’s “The Hand That Rocks the Cradle”. From there he moved on to direct 1994’s “The River Wild” with Meryl Streep and Kevin Bacon. His big breakthrough as an acclaimed filmmaker came with 1997’s “L.A. Confidential”.

In the last couple of decades he jumped between the roles of writer, director and producer of many films. He played a big, but low-key role in Hollywood history.

Hanson later retired from his film work and was reported to have Alzheimer’s disease. He has a son, born in 2004, with Rebecca Yeldham, a producer.