FILE-Michael Gross sits in his studio between one of his paintings and one of his photos on his computer screen in Oceanside, Calif.
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Michael C. Gross, an artist, illustrator, film producer and personal designer who created two of the most iconic pop culture images of the 20th century -- the enduring "Ghostbusters" logo and a dog with a gun to its head for the cover of National Lampoon magazine -- has died of cancer at age 70 .Gross died Monday at his Oceanside, California, home, his son, Hollywood cameraman Dylan Goss, told The Associated Press.The artist, who had survived cancer 30 years before he was given a terminal diagnosis in 2014, said he decided to forgo any life-extending efforts. His first movie credit, as associate producer, was for "Heavy Metal," the 1981 cult film that merged animation with science fiction, sex and blaring rock music.From there he would go on to produce nearly a dozen films, including "Twins," "Kindergarten Cop," "Legal Eagles" and both of the "Ghostbusters" movies.Gross' wife of nearly 40 years, Glenis Gross, died in 2006 .
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