'Enter the Dragon' Star Jim Kelly Dead, Aged 67

The martial artist worked with Bruce Lee in the classic 1973 movie.

'Enter the Dragon' Star Jim Kelly Dead, Aged 67

Jim Kelly, the American martial artist best known for his portrayal of Williams in Enter the Dragon with Bruce Lee, died on June 29, according to the Associated Press.

The following note was posted on Kelly's Facebook page on June 30:

"It is with sadness and regret that we must announce the passing of a great man and legend Jim Kelly. He will be deeply missed by all. Jim had great love for his family, friends, tennis and martial arts. We are devastated by Jim’s passing but through faith and support from family, friends and fans-we are comforted, blessed and will remain strong. He was survived by his lifetime partner of 33 years and wife."

Kelly, who considered Bruce Lee as the greatest martial artist that ever lived, started playing tennis later in the life and took to the game so well that he became a professional on the USTA senior tour. Outside of Enter the Dragon, Kelly also played roles in movies such as Black Belt Jones and Black Samurai.

Here is his showdown with Han from Enter the Dragon: