Ralph McQuarrie, famous for his concept art and paintings for the original Star Wars trilogy, died today, March 3, 2012. He was 82.
McQuarrie’s official web site posted the message of his passing today, but no cause of death was given, although he had been suffering from Parkinsonâ€™s disease. You can read the full message here below.
Along with his Star Wars art, McQuarrie also worked on the original Battlestar Galactica television series, as well as the movies E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jurassic Park, and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. Of all his amazing art and illustrations, it was his concept work on 1985’s Cocoon that won him the Academy Award for Visual Effects.
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