Sharon Mary Cicero, the former president of Madonna's Maverick Films company, has died, aged 53.

The prominent producer passed away on 12 March (14) following a long illness.

Cicero began her career in the entertainment industry as an agent at Creative Artists Agency, but left in 1992 to become president of Madonna's Maverick Films. In 1993, she was named Vice President at Longbow Productions.

She produced a number of Tv movies in the U.S., including 1996's The Summer of Ben Tyler, starring James Woods and Elizabeth MCGovern, Forever Love in 1998 with Reba MCEntire and Tim Matheson and Acceptance in 2009, which starred Mae Whitman and Joan Cusack.