Legendary Film Icon, Former Marine Dies From Devastating Health Battle; Requesting Prayers

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September 26, 2018

Earlier this week, there has been some devastating news that has shocked the film industry and many fans all across the globe are left speechless.

At this time, we are asking our readers to keep the family in their thoughts and prayers as they go through this difficult time.

Many fans have expressed their condolences via social media and have provided the family with heartfelt statements about how much this man has done for the entertainment industry. Many celebrities and actors have shared tributes as well.

He "was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, friend, colleague, and mentor, whose work and talent spanned filmmaking, photography, music, and cinema history,” his family’s statement said.

“He was a Marine, a world traveler, an outdoorsman, and a kind, compassionate human being. …He was a magnificent man, who will be hugely missed. His whole family thanks you for your loving thoughts.”

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Military veteran, U.S. film producer Gary Kurtz, who produced the iconic movie, "Star Wars," has passed away in London. He was 78 years old.

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Kurtz passed away on Sunday, September 23 after battling a brutal diagnosis of cancer. He had been diagnosed for about a year.

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Kurtz starting out as an assistant director on Montel Hellman's western, "Ride in the Whirlwind," which starred Jack Nicholson. Later he worked on "Voyage in the Prehistoric Planet" and then on "Chandler" and "Two-Lane Backdrop." Later he teamed up with George Lucas in 1971 where he co-produced "American Graffiti." Kurtz later teamed up with 20th Century Fox to produce "Star Wars," according to "Deadline."

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Throughout his impressive career, he produced "The Dark Crystal" in 1982, "Return to Oz" in 1985, "Slipstream" in 1989, and "The Steal" in 1995 and 2007.