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Matt Sweeney Dies: Oscar-Nominated ‘Apollo 13’ Visual Effects Artist Was 75

The Oscar-nominated visual effects artist died February 19 of lung cancer at Burbank's Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center.

Matt Sweeney, a pioneering special effects artist who was Oscar-nominated for his work on Ron Howard’s 1995 space epic Apollo 13, died February 19 of lung cancer at Burbank’s Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center. “A special effects guru, industry legend, ASEPO founding member and past president, recipient of three technical achievement awards, and Oscar nominee, Matt is well recognized for his generous spirit and deep love of his craft,” the board said in a statement posted on social media. The second and third Oscars came in 1998 (for his invention of the Liquid Synthetic Air fog effect system), and in 2002 (for a vehicular camera rig he developed with stunt coordinator Mic Rodgers during the production of The Fast and the Furious).

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