Influencer Rachel Hollis Mourns Death of Ex-Husband Dave Hollis at Age 47

Author and influencer Rachel Hollis is mourning the death of her ex-husband, former Disney executive Dave Hollis: "We are devastated. I have no words and my heart is too broken to find them."

By Kisha Forde Feb 14, 2023 7:56 PMTags
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The Hollis family is in mourning.
Dave Hollis, a former Disney distribution executive, has died at the age of 47, his family confirmed in a Feb. 14 statement to the Los Angeles Times. A family spokesperson said that he passed away at his Texas home after recently being hospitalized for "heart issues."
Dave's ex-wife, Girl, Wash Your Face author Rachel Hollis—with whom he shares four children—also confirmed the tragedy, noting that they are "devastated" by his sudden passing.
"I have no words and my heart is too broken to find them," her Feb. 14 statement, posted on Instagram, read. "Please wrap the kids up in prayers as we try and navigate through the unthinkable."

In June 2020, the couple announced their split after 16 years of marriage.

"We started out as best friends 18 years ago and the truth is, that core friendship and the parts of us that work so well, have become a band-aid for the parts of us that don't," Rachel wrote on Instagram at the time. "We have worked endlessly over the last three years to make this work."

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She continued, "And have come to the conclusion that it is healthier and more respectful for us to choose this as the end of our journey as a married couple."

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And though their journey as a couple may have come to close, Dave noted their co-parenting relationship would always remain.

"We'll forever have a partnership in raising these humans, the good memories of our marriage offsetting the things that didn't work," he wrote, in part, in a February 2021 Instagram post. "But that was, on the other side, also the RIGHT & BEST thing for each of us & for our kids as they get raised by the better versions of us."

Prior to joining the content company founded by Rachel as chief executive in 2018, Dave—who also served as a motivational speaker—spent 17 years with Walt Disney Studios.

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