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Former Academy of Motion Pictures president Tom Sherak dies

Published on Jan 29, 2014 10:52 AM
 
Tom Sherak, the former president of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, died on Jan 28, 2014, after a long struggle with prostate cancer, his family said in a statement. He was 68. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - 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.

 
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