Dave Hollis, the author, former Disney executive and ex-husband of author Rachel Hollis, has died at the age of 47, a spokesperson confirmed to CBS News on Tuesday.

Hollis’ literary agent, Kevan Lyon, told CBS News in a statement that Hollis died over the weekend. The cause of death was not immediately announced.

“I’ve had the great honor of working with him on several books, including his latest book with his daughter, Noa,” Lyons said. “My thoughts are with his children and his family at this very difficult and devastating time.”

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Dave Hollis, president of theatrical distribution for Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, speaks during CinemaCon on April 24, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Rachel Hollis, who had four children with Dave Hollis, wrote about his death on Instagram.

“We are so devastated,” she wrote on Tuesday. “I have no words and my heart is too broken to find them. Please keep the children in your prayers as we try to survive the unimaginable,” she wrote.

He was recently hospitalized after heart problems, This was reported by Variety on Monday.

Previously, Hollis was president of studio sales for The Walt Disney Company. according to his website.

After his wife’s blog and 2018 book, Wash Girl, became widely popular, he left Disney — after 17 years on the job — to become the company’s CEO The Hollis Companywhich focuses on the production of media content, books and events.

“One day I finally said, ‘OK, I don’t trust this. I think there is a bit of snake oil in this personal development space, but it worked for you. I should at least see what it’s about,'” – he told the Associated Press agency in September 2018.

Together, the couple ran popular self-improvement seminars.

After he and Rachel Hollis filed for divorce in 2020, he continued to work as a life coach and run a similar business, writing books including Get Out of Your Own Way: A Skeptic’s Guide to Growth and Fulfillment and Built Through Courage’ : Face Your Fears to Live the Life You Were Meant to Live’ and hosting the ‘Rising Together’ podcast. The latest episode of the Health Interview Podcast was published on February 9th.

Hollis also founded the Dave Hollis Charitable Foundation, which aims to help children in foster care, homeless teenagers and the malnourished, and was a four-time foster parent. according to his website.

He also served on the board of the membership committee of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and was a member of the Academy. He has served on the boards of Fandango Labs, Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers, National Angels, and Pepperdine’s Institute for Entertainment Media and Culture, where he attended school.

Fellow motivational speaker Mel Robbins wrote about Hollis after his death, saying she and her husband Chris loved him like a brother.

“You made me laugh harder than anyone I’ve ever met. We could talk about anything and anyone for hours. And we did it. Everywhere we went there was laughter.” she wrote.


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