Edwards, who suffered from knee problems, was confined to wheelchair for about last 2 years. Before being hospitalized, the director had been working on two Broadway musicals, including one based on his Pink Panther movies. “His heart was as big as his talent. He was an Academy Award winner in all respects," the Daily Mail quoted Schwam, who was friends with Edwards for over 40 years, as saying.
Apart from the Pink Panther movies, amongst his most famous films were Breakfast At Tiffany"s, Victor/Victoria and 10. In 2004, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Oscars.