Concept artist Syd Mead has died at the age of 86 due to lymphoma, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The U.S. Army veteran began his design career at Ford Motor Company, but after two years segued to becoming a freelance illustrator. After twenty years designing for manufacturing and electronics companies, Mead began what would be a seminal run designing vehicles, characters, and worlds for films such as Blade Runner, Tron, Aliens, and Star Trek: The Motion Picture.
Additionally, Empire Strikes Back concept artist Joe Johnston has said that the iconic AT-ATs were based on a Syd Mead design for a snow walker which appeared in a 1960s-era U.S. Steel brochure.
Mead is survived by his spouse, Roger Servick, along with a sister and several nieces and nephews.