Oscar Winner Dies of Kidney Failure at Age 90

September 05, 2017Sep 05, 2017

Murray Lerner has passed away at his home in Long Island City, New York. He was 90 years old at the time of his passing.

Reports are crediting kidney failure for his cause of death. Lerner was a documentary filmmaker who rose to fame in the 1960’s and 1970’s.

“He was a complete filmmaker,” Lerner’s son tells Variety. “A cinematographer first and foremost, but someone who also wrote, edited, produced, and directed.”


Murray was extremely well-known for recording historic footage of Bob Dylan going electric at the 1965 Newport Jazz Festival and Jimi Hendrix and The Doors giving their last major performances in 1970 at the Isle of Wight Festival, according to Page Six.


In 1981. Lerner won an Oscar for best documentary. The film was called “From Mozart to Mao: Isaac Stern in China” but was actually less of a career boost than his other work, “Festival.”


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