This is so sad.
Melissa's brother, Dirk Mathison, confirmed that the cause of her death was neuroendocrine cancer.
Even though Miz Mathison's life was cut short, she had quite a few accomplishments to her name.
Not only did she write and serve as associate producer on E.T., but she also wrote screenplays for Martin Scorsese's Kundun, as well as The Escape Artist, and The Black Stallion.
In fact, she recently reunited with Spielberg to write the screenplay for
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