Irvin Kershner, who directed the first sequel to Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, died in Los Angeles. AFP reports that he had been suffering from a long illness, citing a quote from his goddaughter, but otherwise no info on the cause of death, which I am going on a limb and citing possible death of old age. I’m sure in the coming days we will hear more.
Born in Philadelphia in 1923, television being his major focus of the 50’s and so forth (the pilot for Peyton Place) and made several successful films in the ’60s and early ’70s. He was of late age in the early 1980 when he directed arguably the most well received Star Wars film of the saga (I say arguably because I will argue that A New Hope is the best film). We speak his name today, with respect. He was 87.