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Veteran Director Jeffrey Ian Pollack Found Dead

He was such a young, talented and successful producer.

According to NY Daily News:

The tragic death of veteran producer Jeffrey Ian Pollack has left friends, family and peers in mourning.

The discovery of the 54-year-old “Booty Call” director’s body on a secluded jogging trail in California’s Hermosa Beach Monday has also left questions as to what killed the avid runner.

By the time another jogger stumbled upon the body at 6:30 a.m. Monday, Pollack, wearing a jogging outfit as his Eagles tunes still played on his iPod, was already dead, the Hermosa Beach Easy Reader reported.

A cause of death has yet to be released.

Pollack’s death hit the industry hard – particularly for those who worked with him over a career that started as a producer on the early ’90s TV series “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” which introduced rapper Will Smith to mainstream America.

Credited as Jeff Pollack, he directed three movies -“Above the Rim,” which starred Marlon Wayans, in 1994; Jamie Foxx vehicle “Booty Call” in 1997; and the 1999 romantic comedy “Lost & Found” – but primarily concentrated on producing since.

Business partner Benny Medina expressed his grief in a statement to Deadline.com: “He was my partner, but first and foremost, a great and loyal friend whom I loved dearly,” said Medina, who had run Handprint Entertainment, a management company, with Pollack until it closed down in 2008.

“Gone too soon, I will miss him.”

Medina added that Pollack’s greatest legacy was the two children he leaves behind — daughter Lael Pollack, 19, and son Logan Pollack, 13.

Prayers go out to his family.

WENN

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