CLOONEY, PITT MOURN JERRY’S DEATH
Legendary Hollywood producer Jerry Weintraub (inset), best known for The Karate Kid (1984, 2010) and Ocean’s Eleven (2001), has died. Hollywood celebrities including actors George Clooney (centre), Brad Pitt (far right) and Arnold Schwarzenegger paid tribute to him. The producer died on Monday of cardiac arrest. He was 77.
Clooney, who starred in Weintraub’s Ocean’s Eleven, said in a statement: “In the coming days there will be tributes, about our friend Jerry Weintraub. We’ll laugh at his great stories, and applaud his accomplishments. And in the years to come, the stories and accomplishments will get better with age, just as Jerry would have wanted it. But not today. Today our friend died. To his family and friends, Amal and I send our love. And to those who didn’t know him we send our deepest sympathy. You would have loved him.” Pitt shared: “He was an absolute original. I loved him and will genuinely miss him.” Other celebrities took to Twitter to offer their condolences. Schwarzenegger praised the producer in a post which read: “Jerry Weintraub is larger than life. He was a giant in Hollywood & his heart was so big it lit up the town. My thoughts are with his family(sic).” Host and comedian Larry King wrote: “This is a great loss to show business, what a legend.”