Aiona worked with the movie icon on over 20 films during the course of 24 years.

He lost his battle with lung cancer last week (31Mar15) at a medical centre in Tarzana, California.

As well as working with Eastwood, he also teamed up with Martin Scorsese on Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, Sydney Pollack on The Electric Horseman and Absence of Malice, and Robert Redford on Oscar-winning film Ordinary People, among other movie greats.

A statement from Eastwood reads: "Eddie was a great guy, so talented and devoted to his craft. He made the job look effortless."

Aiona retired as Eastwood's prop master in the mid-1990s.

A former champion lightweight boxer, the prop expert was also a gifted sketch artist, according to The Hollywood Reporter.