Oscar-winning director John G. Avildsen has passed away after his son Anthony told the Los Angeles Times, that his father battle with pancreatic cancer.
The award-winning filmmaker died at 81 and was best known for directing blockbuster “Rocky” as well as the first three Karate Kid films.
Star actor Sylvester Stallone in the movie “Rocky” took to his official Instagram page to pay tribute to the director sharing a photo of him captioning it:“The great director John G. Avildsen Who won the Oscar for directing Rocky! R. I. P. I’m sure you will soon be directing Hits in Heaven – Thank you, Sly.”
In a separate statement to a Hollywood Reporter Stallone added: “I owe just about everything to John Avildsen. His directing, his passion, his toughness and his heart — a great heart — is what made Rocky the film it became. He changed my life and I will be forever indebted to him. Nobody could have done it better than my friend John Avildsen. I will miss him.”