Death has taken away the life Oscar-winning Czech director, Jiri Menzel a the age of 82.

After his death, the wife of  Menzel disclosed that he was battling with serious health issues, BBC reports.

On his achievement and history in the industry, Menzel has to his credit, an Academy Award in 1968 for best foreign language film for World War Two drama Closely Watched Trains.

In the Czech New Wave cinema during the 1960s, he was one of the leading figures, alongside One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest director, Milos Forman.

On his health, Menzel who died on Saturday was rarely seen in public after brain surgery in 2017. His wife Olga Menzelova also talked about his death.

She went further to express her herself about her husband’s death by writing on Facebook. She wrote:

“Dearest Jirka, I thank you for each and single day I could spend with you. Each was extraordinary. I am also grateful to you for the last three years, as hard as they were,”

Menzel, who graduated in 1962 studied film production in Prague.

His first feature film Closely Watched Trains was based on a novel by Bohumil Hrabal. Following the film’s Oscar win, Menzel collaborated with the novelist numerous times.

Going memory lane on the Academy Award win, Menzel said in 2006 that he “had more luck than reason”.

“More than all the prizes and medals I received for this movie, I valued the lifelong friendship with Hrabal.”