Irvin Kershner, acclaimed American director, has passed away at the age of 87. Kershner was in Los Angeles, California, at the time of his death. Kershner's god-daughter Adriana Santini confirmed his death resulting from a long term illness to the AFP.
Kershner directed the second Star Wars film, entitled "The Empire Strikes Back" as well as the James Bond film "Never Say Never" and "RoboCop 2." Kershner was born on April 29, 1923 in Philedelphia, Pennsylvania, and attended Temple University. Kershner studied music, art, and photography. Kershner moved to the West Coast and began his film career at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. Kershner produced many films and documentaries, garnering him worldwide recognition. Kershner was reportedly working on two films at the time of his passing.