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NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 13: Actor Sylvester Stallone attends the 'Rocky' Broadway opening night after party at Roseland Ballroom on March 13, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)

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John G. Avildsen, a longtime film director who won an Academy Award for his work on the boxing classic Rocky, died Friday. He was 81.

Jake Coyle and Anthony McCartney of the Associated Press reported the director’s son, Anthony Avildsen, confirmed his father’s death was due to pancreatic cancer.

This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available.

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