Mike Nichols, the legendary filmmaker and Oscar-winning director of "The Graduate," died Wednesday evening at the age of 83.
Along with his illustrious career, creating some of the most iconic titles in Hollywood history, Nichols was also the husband of ABC News' Diane Sawyer.
ABC News president James Goldston wrote in a note to staffers that while Nichols' professional accomplishments spanned more than five decades, nothing made him happier and prouder than his family, and wife, Diane.
"Beloved by so many in film, television and Broadway, there was no greater joy in his life than his family, and of course our own Diane Sawyer," Goldston wrote. "A true and beautiful love story, Mike and Diane were married for 26 years. He leaves behind three children -- Daisy, Max and Jenny -- and four wonderful grandchildren."
When news of Nichols' death broke Thursday morning, journalists expressed their deep condolences for the veteran journalist's family:
— Al Roker (@alroker) November 20, 2014
My heart goes out to @DianeSawyer who lost her husband. The amazing Mike Nichols passed away last night. RIP
— Campbell Brown (@campbell_brown) November 20, 2014
Sad to hear of the passing of the great director Mike Nichols. And heartfelt condolences to @DianeSawyer
— HowardKurtz (@HowardKurtz) November 20, 2014
Deepest condolences for @DianeSawyer as she mourns her husband Mke Nichols. As a director he made us think. As a husband he made her happy.
— DeborahNorville (@DeborahNorville) November 20, 2014
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) November 20, 2014
RIP Mike Nichols. Thoughts and prayers are with you, @DianeSawyer, in memory of your beloved....
— Josh Elliott (@JoshElliott32) November 20, 2014
— Gio Benitez (@GioBenitez) November 20, 2014
— Lisa Colagrossi (@LColagrossi7) November 20, 2014