Academy Chief Tom Sherak Loses Cancer Battle At 68


Tom Sherak, former Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President, has died at the age of 68 due to prostate cancer.

A statement from family members, who stayed with Tom till the last moment in his home in California, reads, “With broken hearts we want to share with you the news that Tom Sherak passed away today after a long 12 year battle with prostate cancer. He died at home surrounded by his family giving him hugs, kisses, and love.”

“Tom is, was, and always will be, our loving husband, daddy, papa, brother, friend, and ‘Go to Guy’. He blessed this earth for 68 incredible years, and he will be missed every single day.”

“Tom lived his life as an open book. He opened his heart and let the world in, and anyone who was lucky enough to know him knew first hand (sic) the power of his love. He gave everything he had to help others, regardless of whether or not he knew them. Tom is a true hero in our lives… We love him so very much.”

Sherak served as the President of the Academy from 2009 to 2012, but previously made his name at 20th Century Fox in the 80s. As the chairman of Domestic Film Group, he supported many movies which gained worldwide fame, such as Predator, Home Alone, first three Die Hard movies, as well as Black Hawk Down and Rocky Balboa.

He was about to receive Will Rogers Foundation’s 2014 Pioneer of the Year Award in March in Las Vegas, however, the award will now be given posthumously.

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