Former Disney Executive Dies Suddenly at 47 after ‘Heart Problems’

Dave Hollis, a former top executive at Disney, has died suddenly at just 47 years old, his family has confirmed.

Hollis was the former president of worldwide distribution at Disney’s movie studio and a motivational author.

A rep for Hollis’s family said he died “peacefully” on Saturday night at his home outside Austin.

No cause of death has been revealed, but his family said he had recently suffered “heart problems.”

Hollis was a “charismatic executive,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

From 2011-18, he led theatrical distribution at Disney during an unprecedented winning streak for the studio.

He also played a key role in the relaunch of the “Star Wars” franchise, as well as the “Avengers” series, “Frozen,” and Ryan Coogler’s blockbuster superhero film “Black Panther” (2018).

During Hollis’ tenure, Disney experienced unprecedented box office growth, in 2016 becoming the first studio to cross the $7 billion mark in global ticket sales in a given year.

Hollis surprised many in 2018 when he announced he was leaving Disney.

He left to relocate his family to Texas to run his then-wife Rachel Hollis’ company, home of podcasts, conferences, and TV shows.

Rachel Hollis is an author, motivational speaker, and social influencer.

He revealed in his 2020 self-help book, “Get Out of Your Own Way,” that he had found himself morose, at odds with his wife, and drinking too much toward the end of his Disney tenure.

“There is something unbelievably liberating about owning the truth of my experience,” he told The Hollywood Reporter at the time.

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The following year, he wrote a second self-help book, “Built Through Courage: Face Your Fears to Live the Life You Were Meant For.”

The book chronicled his difficult, public divorce and personal reckoning.

He most recently published the children’s book “Here’s to Your Dreams” and had a podcast, “Rise Together.”

He was a large part of an online fitness and transformation community with his partner Heidi Powell called “Get Fit.”

Hollis is survived by his sons, Jackson, Sawyer, and Ford, and daughter Noah.

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By Frank Bergman

Frank Bergman is a political/economic journalist living on the east coast. Aside from news reporting, Bergman also conducts interviews with researchers and material experts and investigates influential individuals and organizations in the sociopolitical world.

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