Acclaimed Hollywood visual effects guru Joe Viskocil has died, aged 63.

The Oscar winner passed away on Monday (11Aug14) in a Los Angeles hospital after suffering to complications linked to liver and kidney failure.

Viskocil's credits include a number of blockbuster action films, including the first two Star Wars films, Star Wars and Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back.

He also worked on Ghostbusters, The Return of the Living Dead, Batman Returns, Alien: Resurrection, True Lies, Battlefield Earth, Armageddon, Godzilla, Star Trek: Nemesis and the first two Terminator films.

In 1996, he was among the visual effects experts who picked up an Oscar for sci-fi disaster film Independence Day.

His final movie, The Prey starring Danny Trejo, is set to hit cinemas in October (14).