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Oscar-winning special effects artist Grant McCune has died, aged 67.

The filmmaker passed away at his California home on Monday after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

McCune was behind the shark model created for Steven Spielberg's 1975 thriller Jaws and went onto work on 1977's Star Wars, which won him the visual effects Academy Award.

He continued his career behind the scenes on films including Die Hard, Never Say Never Again, Big, Space Balls and Caddyshack and launched his own company, Grant McCune Design, working on movies such as Speed, Batman Forever, Red Planet and Spider-Man.

He is survived by his wife, Katherine, and two children, Cole and Lily.

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