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Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back director Irvin Kershner has died, according to the Agence France-Presse. He was 87.

Kershner died at his Los Angeles home after a long illness, his goddaughter Adriana Santini told AFP.

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Kershner was born in Philadelphia, Pa., and trained as a musician and photographer before he began directing feature films.

In addition to helming the Star Wars sequel, Kershner directed Sean Connery as James Bond in Never Say Never Again in 1983 and Peter Weller in Robocop 2 in 1990.