Tom Sherak, the former president of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, died on Tuesday after a long struggle with prostate cancer, his family said in a statement. He was 68.
Sherak served as president of the Academy, which organises Hollywood’s annual Oscars ceremony, from 2009 to 2012.
He died at home surrounded by his family after a 12-year cancer battle, said the statement, issued through the Academy.
“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 firsthand the power of his love. He gave everything he had to help others, regardless of whether or not he knew them,” Sherak’s family said.
Sherak was an executive with 20th Century Fox for 17 years and until 2000 was chairman of the studio’s domestic film group, overseeing the distribution of such high-profile films as ‘Titanic’, ‘Alien’ and ‘Die Hard’. Sherak left Fox in 2000 to become a partner with former Disney film chairman Joe Roth in Revolution Studios, a start-up film studio.
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