Director Altman Dies

Film director Robert Altman has died at the age of 81.

A producer at his production company says Altman died last night at a hospital in Los Angeles.

The cause of death wasn't disclosed.

Altman directed and produced the film  ``MASH'' ``Nashville'' and most recently " A Prarie Home Companion"

In a career than spanned 55 years in filmaking, he directed 86 films, was a five-time Academy Aaward nominee for Best Director, and the recipient of a lifetime achievement Oscar in 2006.