Pioneering documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles has died, aged 88.

The director passed away at his home in New York on Thursday (05Mar15).

Maysles was known for his work with his brother David in the 1960s and '70s, shooting documentaries about the lives of Marlon Brando, Orson Welles and The Beatles, who they followed on the Fab Four's first trip to the U.S. in 1964.

However, it was the 1970 release of Gimme Shelter, a film about the Rolling Stones' 1969 American tour, which brought them mainstream success. The movie drew some controversy as it included footage of a fan being stabbed to death at the rockers' concert in Altamont, California.

The Maysles Brothers also shot 1975's Grey Gardens, about former U.S. First Lady Jackie Kennedy's odd cousins Edith Bouvier and her daughter, Edith Bouvier Beale, former socialites who hid themselves away in a sprawling, run down New York mansion.

Grey Gardens inspired a musical of the same name, which became a Tony Award-winning hit on Broadway in 2007, and then a 2009 Tv movie, starring Jessica Lange and Drew Barrymore as the Bouvier mother and daughter.

Albert Maysles also worked with Sir Paul MCCartney on his 9/11-themed film The Love We Make, which captured the peace-loving former Beatle walking through the streets of New York City in the aftermath of the tragedy as he was planning a benefit concert at Madison Square Garden.

He earned an Oscar nomination in 1974 for Christo's Valley Curtain, the first of six short films about the work of artist Christo and his wife, Jeanne-Claude, while last summer (14), he was honoured with the National Medal of Arts from U.S. President Barack Obama.

Maysles' passing comes shortly after Tribeca Film Festival bosses in New York announced plans to stage the world premiere of In Transit, his documentary about the long-distance U.S. train route the Empire Builder, at this year's (15) event.