Oscar winning film producer John Daly has died of cancer. He was 71.
Daly, who won 13 Academy Awards for films including The Last Emperor and 1986 movie Platoon, passed away on Friday (31Oct08) at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, according to his daughter Jenny Daly.
The British-born producer, who was Chairman of Film and Music Entertainment Inc (F+Me), helped start the careers of stars including Keanu Reeves and Julia Roberts.
Lawrence Lotman, Chief Financial Officer and Acting Chief Executive Officer of F+ME, paid tribute to his colleague, saying, "John was truly a giant in the industry who changed filmmaking for the better."
Daly is survived by three sons, Michael, Julian and Timothy, and his daughter.