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The Oscar-winning special effects artist best known for creating the extra-terrestrial character in E.T. has died in his native Italy, aged 86.

Carlo Rambaldi also won acclaim for his work in the 1970s films King Kong and Alien.

He mastered a discipline known as mechatronics -combining mechanical, electronic and system design engineering.

E.T.‘s director Steven Spielberg said those who had marvelled at his craft and artistry were deeply saddened.

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