Former Disney Executive Dave Hollis Has Passed Away At 47
Disney’s former president of worldwide distribution, Dave Hollis, died on Saturday night at his home in Austin, Texas. He was 47.
While no cause of death has been determined, Hollis had been recently hospitalized for heart-related issues.
A Star At Disney
Hollis rose to fame in the business world, when he led theatrical distribution at the Walt Disney Company from 2011 until 2018. During his tenor, Disney saw the release of blockbuster movies from Marvel, Lucasfilm, Pixar and Walt Disney Animation.
In 2016, under Hollis’ watchful eye, the company became the first studio to gross $7 billion globally at the box office in a single year.
Fellow Disney employees were shocked however, when Hollis left the company in 2018 to run his then-wife’s company, Chic Media. Rachel Hollis, best known for writing the book “Girl, Wash Your Face” is an author, motivational speaker, and influencer.
“I can’t count the number of ‘pinch-me’ moments I’ve had in my time at Disney.” Hollis said in 2018 when he left the company. “In a world where so few opportunities could compare, the chance to support my wife and help grow her company was something I couldn’t pass up.”
Move to Chic Media
Following his departure from Disney, Hollis moved his family to Texas. In addition to his work with Chic Media, Hollis also hosted a podcast called Rise Together and wrote two self-help books.
Perhaps most importantly, Hollis founded the Dave Hollis Giving Fund. That organization aims to provide support for children in foster care and homeless teenagers.
Hollis is survived by his four children and ex-wife. Rachael Hollis took to Instagram to ask for prayers at this time saying, “We are devastated. I have no words and my heart is too broken to find them. Please wrap the kids in prayers as we try and navigate through the unthinkable.”
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