Horror Director and Special Effects Legend John Carl Buechler Dies at 66

John Carl Buechler, the mastermind behind "Friday The 13th Part VII", passed away on March 18 at the age of 66. 

Buechler had been battling stage 4 prostate cancer, as reported by the Hollywood Reporter. His family created a GoFundMe campaign back in February to help cover his medical expenses. 

In a statement released to The Hollywood Reporter, a spokesperson for the family explained that they are "absolutely devastated." 

The statement read: "To all of you who sent good wishes and love, please know that your communication really lifted his spirits."

Buechler began his special effects career in 1980 when he was contracted to design the special prosthetic effects on "Dr. Heckyl and Mr. Hype." 

He went on to work on "Sorceress," "Hard Rock Zombies," "The Nightmare on Elm Street," "Biohazard," and "Curse of the Forty-Niner." 

The acclaimed special effects artist also appeared in several films, including "Friday the 13th: The New Blood," and "Gingerdead Man 2." 

His most recent film role was that of Mr. Jensen in "Beneath the Black Veil." The film is currently in post-production."

His colleagues expressed their grief on Twitter, with Barbara Crampton saying she was "absolutely gutted to hear the news" of his passing. She added: 

"A kind, humble genius who made two films I was in soar with his mastery. Gone way too soon. We will all miss you, love you for what you gave us. RIP gently; your suffering is over."