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Oscar winning special effects magician Stan Winston is dead at 62.
Winston, a ground breaking pioneer in the art of visual special effects including animatronics, makeup and CGI died at home after a seven year battle with multiple myeloma, surrounded by family.
Winston's first Oscar was for Aliens (1986) directed by James Cameron and then two for Terminator 2: Judgment Day (visual effects and make up).
Winston provided the mechanical T-Rex and other prehistoric monsters for Jurassic Park (1993). He shared the SFX Oscar with stop-motion-animator Phil Tippett.
"Stan contributed to some of the greatest -- fantastic movie characters in motion picture history," Tippett stated.
"His loss is a great one and he will be missed."
Winston also provided SFX for Batman Returns, A.I., Pearl Harbor, Edward Scissorhands, Galaxy Quest, Monster Squad and most recently Iron Man - among others.
He brought the impossible, the improbable and the unimaginable to life with the the artistry of a master craftsman -- one who displayed his creations for all the world to see.