Five-time Academy Award-winning director Robert Altman has died. The maverick director, born in Kansas City, MO in 1925 and the force behind such seminal films as "M-A-S-H" (1970), "The Player," (1992), and "Gosford Park" (2001) passed away at a Los Angeles hospital, according to the Associated Press. He was 81. [indieWIRE will publish an extended article about Altman's death soon.]