Robbie Knott, Special Effects Guru For 1979's 'The Muppet Movie,' Dies at 73: Cause of Death?

Updated On 11 Jul, 2018 Published On

Robbie Knott, who is best known for his works on special effects films like The Muppet Movie, Field of Dreams and The Nutty Professor, has died at the age of 73.

His son Brian Knott told The Hollywood Reporter that his father passed away on June 29 in Portland, Oregon.

As for the cause of death, Robbie died because of the complications from the 2006 accident that occurred during a visit to Micronesia, when he got the bends and became paralyzed from the waist down.

After that scuba-diving accident, Robbie, who also film résumé also includes Repo Man (1984), Dances With Wolves (1990), Cabin Boy (1994), Dante's Peak (1997), Donnie Darko (2001), Stuart Little 2 (2002), career was completely ended.

His final credit for films was 2006's For Your Consideration.

Born in 1945 in Hollywood, Robbie was raised near the Paramount lot, where his mother used to serve as an assistant to costume designer Edith Head.

In addition to his son, Robbie is also survived by his daughters Misty, Scarlet and Victoria; grandchildren Andrea, Alex and Alexis; and nephew Jeffrey Knott.