Jerry Weintraub Dies: 'Ocean's 11' Producer, Frank Sinatra-Promoter Was 77
By Sophie Schillaci
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Legendary Producer Jerry Weintraub Passes Away at 77
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Legendary producer Jerry Weintraub has died, Entertainment Tonight confirms.
The Ocean's 11 producer and former music promoter was 77. TMZ was first to report that Weintraub had passed away at his Palm Springs home on Monday, surrounded by family. Though Weintraub had reportedly been facing health struggles recently, a cause of death is not yet clear.
Weintraub, who also produced The Karate Kid and the Jaden Smith-starring remake, as well as the upcoming Tarzan film featuring Alexander Skarsgard and Margot Robbie, worked for more than two decades as a concert promoter for icons including Frank Sinatra, Bob Dylan and Dolly Parton, among others. According toThe Hollywood Reporter, Weintraub's earliest foray in the film industry was the 1975 film Nashville. Later, he would establish Jerry Weintraub Prods. at Warner Bros. Studios and release Pure Country starring George Strait.
Weintraub recently brought home an Emmy for producing HBO's Behind the Candelabra starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon.
One of his last public appearances was on June 8 at the Los Angeles premiere of HBO's new series, The Brink. Weintraub was an executive producer on the program.
UPDATED: Ocean's 11 star George Clooney issued a heart-felt statement as news of Weintraub's death broke.
"In the coming days there will be tributes, about our friend Jerry Weintraub. We'll laugh at his great stories, and applaud his accomplishments. And in the years to come the stories and accomplishments will get better with age, just as Jerry would have wanted it," he wrote. "But not today. Today our friend died. To his family and friends, Amal and I send our love. And to those who didn't know him we send our deepest sympathy. You would have loved him."