Albert Pyun, a filmmaker whose work included cult favorites such as “Cyborg,” “Nemesis” and “The Sword and the Sorcerer,” died Saturday. He was 69.
Pyun’s death was announced on social media by his wife, Cynthia Curnan, who said he died in Las Vegas.
“I sat with him for his last breath that sounded like he was releasing the weight of the world,” Curnan wrote in a Facebook post.
Pyun had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and dementia a few years ago, several years ago, Variety reported.
Born May 19, 1953, in Hawaii, Pyun was raised as a military child, according to the website. During his four-decade career in film, Pyun’s films included action stars such as Jean-Claude Van Damme, Christopher Lambert and Burt Reynolds, according to Variety. He also collaborated with Snoop Dogg, Charlie Sheen, Ice-T, Kris Kristofferson, James Coburn and Dennis Hopper.
Pyun launched his film career in 1982 with “The Sword and the Sorcerer,” turning a project that had a $4 million budget into a commercial success that grossed $40 million at the box office.
During the 1990s, Pyun directed more than 20 feature films, Variety reported. They include the four-part Nemesis and the 1990 film, “Captain America.”
“In great sadness and with a heavy heart, I’ll say goodbye and RIP, Albert Pyun,” Van Damme tweeted early Sunday.
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