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Sylvester Stallone Pays Tribute to ‘Rocky’ Director John G. Avildsen who Passed Away at 81



SANTA BARBARA, CA – FEBRUARY 04: Director John G. Avildsen speaks onstage at a screening of ‘John G. Avildsen: King of the Underdogs’ during the 32nd Santa Barbara International Film Festiva at the Lobero Theatre on February 4, 2017 in Santa Barbara, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for SBIFF)

Oscar-winning director John G. Avildsen has passed away after a battle with pancreatic cancer, his son Anthony told the Los Angeles Times.

The award-winning filmmaker was best known for directing blockbuster Rocky as well as the first three Karate Kid films.

Rocky star Sylvester Stallone 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.” 


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