Joe ViskocilStar Trek.com reports that Oscar-winning special effects artist Joe Viskocil passed away on August 11, following complications of liver and kidney failure. Viskocil was 61 years old.

Joe Viskocil worked as the lead pyro technician on Star Trek Nemesis. His other credits included:

  • The Terminator
  • Terminator 2
  • Critters
  • Ghostbusters
  • Killer Klowns from Outer Space
  • They Abyss
  • Independence Day
  • Interview with the Vampire
  • Armageddon
  • The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
  • Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • Source Code
  • The Prey

Viskocil created the Death Star explosion in Star Wars and also worked on The Empire Strikes Back. He won his Oscar as part of the team that brought to life the visual effects in Independence Day, and more specifically he oversaw the spectacular White House destruction sequence.

Visionary Trek offers our condolences to his family, friends.

Source Star Trek.com