Former motion picture academy president dies

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Updated: Tue, 28 Jan 2014 10:15:25 EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president Tom Sherak has died after a 12-year battle with prostate cancer. He was 68.

A film marketing and distribution executive, Sherak died Tuesday surrounded by family at his home in Calabasas, Calif. "Tom is a true hero in our lives who has a star on the sidewalk and wings to fly," the Sherak family said in a statement released by the academy.

Sherak spent 17 years at 20th Century Fox, where he became the domestic film group chairman and worked on such divbusters as "Die Hard" and "Independence Day."

Sherak, who last year was appointed Los Angeles' film czar, was responsible for completing the deal for the academy's new film museum with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

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