Dave Hollis, a Christian author and a former president of worldwide distribution at Disney’s movie studio, has passed away.
Dave Hollis’ family
In a recent Instagram post, Dave Hollis’ wife, Rachel, posted: “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.”
Though Dave was recently hospitalized for heart-related health issues, the exact cause of death hasn’t been revealed. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Dave died peacefully Saturday night outside his home in Austin, Texas.
Dave was renowned for his work and contributions to Disney. But in 2018, he left Disney to relocate his family to Texas and co-found Chic Media. It was a collaboration with his then-wife, Rachel, an author, motivational speaker, and social influencer.
Going Through a Divorce
The couple had been married for 16 years before announcing their divorce in June 2020. They have four children: Jackson, Sawyer, and Ford, as well as Noah, their daughter.READ ALSO: ALLAN HOUSTON NBA LEGEND SAYS FAITH IS THE “FOUNDATION OF EVERYTHING”
The couple’s divorce was highly publicized, and Dave considered it to be one of the most difficult years of his life.
“2020 was the hardest year of my life, outpacing any other year by a factor of 100,” he told The Christian Post. “But it was also the best. As I look back, 18 months removed from the hardest things that I’ve ever been through, I don’t want to relive them, but I can sit here today with a wild amount of gratitude for having gone through them because of the way that it brought me to my knees and drew me closer to God.”
Dave Hollis’ Works
Dave Hollis worked for Disney from 2011 to 2018, leading the company’s theatrical distribution. He was instrumental in the success of blockbuster franchises such as “Frozen,” “Black Panther,” and the “Avengers” series.
In the years before his passing, Dave published two self-help books, Get Out of Your Own Way and Built Through Courage: Face Your Fears to Live the Life You Were Meant For, as well as a children’s book and hosted a podcast called “Rise Together.”
Dave’s works were inspiring and empowering to many. But in one of his interviews with The Christian Post, this is what he said to anyone who needed encouragement: “God put you here for a very, very specific reason. He’s given you the tools to achieve something greater than you can even believe if you can believe it yourself.”
He added, “There is an opportunity to step closer to that purpose that only you can live out on this Earth. … I want to encourage people to step closer every day to that purpose and find exactly where God wants them to be.”
Our hearts go out to the bereaved Hollis family. We pray for comfort and peace.
And to Dave Hollis, may your soul rest in peace as you worship Him forever. You will be missed.
Header image: Dave Hollis [@mrdavehollis]. Instagram, 26 October 2021, https://www.instagram.com/p/CVezQytLZl_/
Reference: The Christian Post
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