R.I.P., Jim Kelly. The actor and martial arts expert, best known for his role Bruce Lee's 1973 classic Enter the Dragon, died over the weekend at age 67. Following a cancer battle, the star passed away on Saturday, June 29 at home in San Diego, his ex-wife Marilyn Dishman told the Asssociated Press.

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The African-American star went on to appear in later martial arts action flicks including Three the Hard Way, Black Belt Jones and Black Samurai; his acting career had wained by the the 1980s, but he continued to draw crowd of fans and autograph seekers at comic book conventions.

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Of his work on Enter the Dragon, Kelly told Salon: "It was one of the best experiences in my life . . . Bruce was just incredible, absolutely fantastic. I learned so much from working with him," said Kelly, who studied martial arts in Kentucky and later earned a black belt in California.

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"I probably enjoyed working with Bruce more than anyone else I'd ever worked with in movies because we were both martial artists. And he was a great, great martial artist. It was very good."

This article originally appeared on Usmagazine.com: Jim Kelly Dead: Enter the Dragon Actor Dies at 67