Cause of Death Revealed of Dave Hollis, Former Disney Executive Who Died Aged 47

Former Disney exec Dave Hollis died from the “toxic effects of cocaine, ethanol and fentanyl,” an autopsy found.

Hollis, 47, died at his home in Dripping Springs, Texas on February 12. The Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office declared the death an accident. according to NBC News.

Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease and high blood pressure contributed, the autopsy found, along with Hollis’ history of depression and drug and alcohol use.

Hollis left Disney after 17 years to help his ex-wife Rachel Hollis. who wrote the bestseller Girl Wash Your Face runs her podcast and lifestyle empire.

Hollis ran Disney's theatrical distribution business from 2011 to 2018 before leaving the company.
Hollis ran Disney’s theatrical distribution business from 2011 to 2018 before leaving the company.

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Rachel Hollis spoke about dealing with grief with her four children on a Feb. 27 episode of her podcast.

“My way of helping them get through this is that whatever you’re feeling is fair and allowed and real to you.” she said on The Rachel Hollis podcast.. “You are allowed to feel these feelings. We’re sad, we’re angry, we’re confused and we’re all the feelings.”

“But we are very strong,” she continued. “We’re very close. We’re a very tight group. And it’s going to take time, but we’ll be fine.

Hollis managed Disney’s theatrical distribution until his departure in 2018 and helped direct many of Marvel’s Avengers films, Black Panther and the relaunch of the Star Wars series.

After the couple divorced after 16 years of marriage, Hollis became CEO of his ex-wife’s company.

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