Darth Vader creator Ralph McQuarrie dies

The designer behind iconic Star Wars characters like Darth Vader has died. Photo / Supplied
The designer behind iconic Star Wars characters like Darth Vader has died. Photo / Supplied

Ralph McQuarrie, the cinematic designer known for famous Star Wars characters like Darth Vader, Chewbacca and R2-D2, has died at age 82, his website confirmed.

McQuarrie collaborated with George Lucas on the original Star Wars trilogy in the 1970s and with Steven Spielberg on films including ET, and Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

He also was part of the team with director Ron Howard which made Cocoon, a 1985 production which won an Oscar for special effects.

"Ralph was a very special person for many more reasons than his undeniable brilliance with a brush," said a statement posted on the website.

"His influence on design will be felt forever. There's no doubt in our hearts that centuries from now amazing spaceships will soar, future cities will rise and someone, somewhere will say ... 'that looks like something Ralph McQuarrie painted'."

- AFP

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