Died producer of «Star wars» Gary Kurtz

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American film producer and Director, producer of the films «Star wars: Episode 4 – a New hope» and «Star wars: Episode 5 – the Empire strikes back» Gary Kurtz died at the age of 78 years, according to the publication the Hollywood Reporter, citing a statement by his family.

Gary Kurtz was a producer and key trailblazer for the Star Wars Galaxy. His genius helped bring joy to fans everywhere. He will be greatly missed. #RIPGaryKurtz pic.twitter.com/sB7YaxNXZg

— Ziggy (@mrjafri) September 24, 2018.

Family Kurtz reported that he died of cancer Sunday in London.

The film company Lucasfilm also announced the death of Kurtz.

«Gary Kurtz, legendary producer of «Star wars» (1977) and «the Empire strikes back» (1980), died Sunday, September 23. Extremely talented and intelligent man, Lucasfilm will really miss Kurtz, and we remember his great contribution to «Star wars,» reads a statement on the website of the franchises, Star Wars.

Gary Kurtz is best known for his work on the original trilogy of «Star wars» and the film «American graffiti» (1973), which was nominated for the award «Oscar» in the category «Best film».

[email protected] paid tribute to Gary Kurtz: «The world has lost a kind, wise, multi-talented artist & filmmaker whose contributions to cinema cannot be overstated. It was an honor to have worked with him & I know I am better man just for having known him» https://t.co/J0UVAalfay pic.twitter.com/gonrc2lbxK

— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) September 24, 2018.