Dave Hollis, the former president of sales for the film studio at The Walt Disney Company, passed away over the weekend at the age of 47. The news was confirmed by his literary agent, Kevan Lyon, who did not disclose the cause of death. Hollis was a popular self-help author and motivational speaker, as well as the ex-husband of writer Rachel Hollis, with whom he had four children.
Hollis' literary agent, Kevan Lyon, expressed her condolences in a statement to CBS News, "I had the great honor of working with him on several books, including his most recent release with his daughter Noah. My thoughts are with his children and his family now in this very difficult and devastating time."
Rachel Hollis, who shared four children with Dave, also took to Instagram to share the devastating news, "We are so devastated. I have no words and my heart is too broken to find them. Please wrap the kids in prayer as we try and navigate through the unthinkable."
According to Variety, Hollis had recently been hospitalized after experiencing heart-related issues. However, no official cause of death has been provided.
Hollis left The Walt Disney Company, where he had worked for 17 years, after his wife's blog and book, "Girl, Wash Your Face," gained widespread popularity. Together, the couple ran popular self-improvement seminars. After their divorce in 2020, Hollis continued to work as a life coach and run a similar business, authoring books and hosting podcasts, including the "Rise Together" podcast.
Some of his notable works include "Get Out of Your Own Way: A Skeptic's Guide to Growth and Fulfillment," and "Built Through Courage: Face Your Fears to Live the Life You Were Meant for." The most recent episode of the "Rise Together" podcast, which is focused on health-related interviews, was posted on Feb. 9.
Aside from being a self-help author and motivational speaker, Hollis was also a philanthropist who founded the Dave Hollis Giving Fund. The organization's mission is to aid children in foster care, homeless teens, and the food insecure. Hollis was a four-time foster parent and served on the board of the membership committee for the Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences.
Fellow motivational speaker Mel Robbins expressed her grief over Hollis' passing on Instagram, "You made me laugh harder than anyone I've ever met. We could talk about anything, and to anyone, for hours and hours. And we did. Everywhere we went there was laughter."
Dave Hollis was an inspiration to many people, and his passing is a great loss to the self-help and motivational speaking industry. His work will continue to inspire and help many people, and his legacy will live on.