- Associated Press - Sunday, June 19, 2016

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) - Award-winning Australian filmmaker Paul Cox has died, the Australian Directors Guild said Sunday. He was 76.

The guild did not disclose the cause of death, but Cox said last year that his transplanted liver had cancer.

He wrote and directed the 2015 movie “Force of Destiny,” starring David Wenham, which follows the journey of a man who finds love while waiting for a life-saving liver transplant.

The film was loosely based on Cox’s own cancer battle before a transplant in 2009 pulled him back from the brink.

His early features, “Lonely Hearts” in 1981, “Man of Flowers” in 1983 and “My First Wife” in 1984 were acclaimed in Australia and internationally.

His documentaries included “Vincent: The Life and Death of Vincent van Gogh” in 1987, and “The Diaries of Vaslav Nijinsky” in 2001.

Cox was born on April 16, 1940, in Venlo, in the southeast Netherlands, and migrated to Australia in 1965 as a professional photographer.

His credits include 19 feature films and 12 documentaries.

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