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Former CEO Of Paramount Pictures Brad Grey Passed Away At 59-Years-Old

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Brad Grey passed away yesterday at 59-years-old. He may not have been a household name, but he played a major role in putting together some of the biggest films and TV series of all-time. The former chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures will be deeply missed.


Brad Grey Cause of Death

Grey died of cancer on May 14, 2017 in his Holmby Hills, Los Angeles, California home, surrounded by his family.

Here’s the Hollywood Reporter with more details on Grey’s tragic passing.

Grey is survived by his wife Cassandra Grey, their sons Jules, his three grown children Sam, Max and Emily from his marriage to Jill (nee Gutterson) Grey, his mother Barbara Schumsky, his brother Michael Grey and his sister Robin Grey.

There will be a small private funeral service later this week. A memorial service will be scheduled in the coming weeks, the family said.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks thats donations be made to the Lawrence J. Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine of USC.

Grey was born in the Bronx, New York, and he graduated from the University at Buffalo with degrees in business and communications. While at the University of Buffalo, Grey got his start in show business as an assistant to Harvey Weinstein.

In 1984, Grey became partners with Bernie Brillstein, forming Brillstein-Grey Entertainment. Grey developed and produced many beloved films and shows at Brillstein-Grey Entertainment, including The SopranosThe Larry Sanders Show, Mr. ShowReal Time with Bill Maher, Happy Gilmore, The Wedding Singer, The Cable Guy, and Scary Movie 2.

From 2005-2017, Grey served as the chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures. During Grey’s tenure at Paramount, some of the most notable films they released were the Transformers, Paranormal Activity, and Iron Man franchises, Star TrekAn Inconvenient Truth, There Will Be Blood, No Country for Old Men, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Shutter Island, Up in the Air, The Fighter, and True Grit. Grey was let go from Paramount in February of 2017.

Grey also produced Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The Departed with Plan B Productions, which he formed with Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston in 2002.

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