Former Oscars president Tom Sherak dies

Tom Sherak was president of the Academy from 2009-2012. Hollywood has been paying tribute to producer Tom Sherak, former president of the Academy of Motion Pictures, following his death aged 68.Sherak's family confirmed he died at home on Tuesday after suffering from prostate cancer for 12 years.

He oversaw hits such as Titanic, Alien and Die Hard during 17 years at 20th Century Fox and led the Oscars organization from 2009-2012.

The Academy said it was "deeply saddened" by Sherak's passing.

The movie executive was awarded with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame just hours before his death, but was unable to attend the ceremony.

He served three terms on the Board of Governors, from August 2003 until July 2012, with the last three as president.

Sherak was credited with renewing the public's interest in the Oscars ceremony, and extended the best picture category, making more room for box office hits.

He was responsible for completing a deal for the academy's new film museum with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, which is set to open in 2017.

"Tom is a true hero in our lives who has a star on the sidewalk and wings to fly,'' said the Sherak family in a statement released by the academy and addressed "to the entertainment community".

They hailed him as a "loving husband, daddy, papa, brother, friend, and 'go to guy'."


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