This is heartbreaking.
Beloved TV exec Howard Schultz has died unexpectedly at the age of 61, while vacationing with his family in Hawaii on Monday.
Schultz produced ABC's Extreme Makeover, as well as MTV's Are You the One and Next, VH1's Dating Naked and Bye Felicia, and Fox's Studs and The Moment of Truth.
He founded Lighthearted Entertainment in 1992 and had just named Executive Vice President Rob LaPlante and Vice President Jeff Spangler co-owners of the company this month. LaPlante issued a statement that said:
"Beyond Howard's incredible television acumen existed a man who truly cared for everyone he encountered in a way unique from anyone I have ever met. TV has lost a visionary mind, and we have lost a mentor in life."
Our thoughts are with Schultz' family at this time.
[Image via Lighthearted Entertainment.]
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