Irvin Kershner passes aged 87

Empire Strikes Back director is gone

Come on, God, give us a break. Just as we were reeling from the news that Leslie Nielsen had passed, we're now hearing Irvin Kershner has died, aged 87.

Best known for directing the greatest Star Wars film ever made - The Empire Strikes Back - Kershner also directed Never Say Never Again and RoboCop II meaning that he told Han Solo, James Bond and Officer Alex J Murphy what to do, making him infinitely cool, forever.

We agree with Simon Pegg's moving tribute: "RIP Irvin Kershner director of The Empire Strikes Back. For me, yours was the best of all."

Our thoughts are with Kershner's goddaughter, Adriana Santini, who announced the sad news earlier today.

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