‘Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back’ director Irvin Kershner dies

'Kersh', as he was fondly known, was 87 when he passed away

Irvin Kershner, who directed the second Star Wars film, The Empire Strikes Back, has died.

The director was 87 when he passed away. He died after suffering from a long illness, reports AFP.

He made contributions to other franchises in his career, directing RoboCop 2 in 1990 as well as Sean Connery‘s last James Bond appearance in 1983’s Never Say Never Again.

His last contribution to film was a cameo as Statistics Professor in 2005’s Berkeley.

George Lucas said: “The world has lost a great director and one of the most genuine people I’ve had the pleasure of knowing. Irvin Kershner was a true gentleman in every sense of the word. When I think of Kersh, I think of his warmth, his thoughtfulness and his talent.”

He added: “I considered him a mentor.”

Actor, writer and Star Wars fan Simon Pegg tweeted today (November 30): “RIP Irvin Kershner, director of The Empire Strikes Back. For me, yours was the best of all.”