News emerged on Wednesday that award-winning TV and film producer, Cyrus Yavneh, has passed away from lung cancer. Yavneh died on January 25 in Santa Monica, California. Yavneh was either 75 or 76 years old at the time of his death. Reports are claiming different ages, as his exact birth date has not been made available.
Yavneh was best known for producing the hit TV show "24." His other notable productions were "Supernatural," "Nothing Sacred," "It's Pat," "Funny Bones," "Cemetary Club," and "Town & Country."
Yavneh got into the film business as a young man. According to Variety, he became an assistant director on "Lou Grant" before embarking on a four-decade career as a producer.
In 1983 while in the beginning stages of his career, Yavneh met his wife, Lynne Taylor. Yavneh was working on a mini-series called "Princess Daisy" and Taylor happened to be the choreographer on the set.
Throughout his time in the film business, Yavneh won several awards or honors, including the Christopher Award for the Farrah Fawcett TV movie "Baby." He was also nominated for an Emmy award.
Yavneh became ill with lung cancer when he was working on the Netflix show "Insatiable" in Atlanta. His cousin, screenwriter Robbie Fox, confirmed that Yavneh passed away at Providence Saint John's Health Center in California.
Fox told the Hollywood Reporter, "When I was writing the Pauly Shore movie for Disney, they told me they had just put a great producer on the movie, that I'm going to love the guy. And I walked in the room and saw it was Cousin Cy. And our names next to each other on the poster mean more today than ever before."
Yavneh is survived by his wife, his daughter, Rose Yavneh Taylor, and his son, Alexander Yavneh Taylor.
The funeral service is scheduled for Feb. 4 at Mt. Sinai Hollywood Hills.
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