Rachel Hollis Reflects on "Unbelievably Intense" 4 Months After Ex-Husband Dave Hollis' Death

Author and influencer Rachel Hollis shared how she has been coping with the death of her ex-husband, former Disney executive Dave Hollis, who died in February at age 47.

By Alexandra Bellusci May 31, 2023 5:14 PMTags
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Rachel Hollis is sharing a glimpse into her healing journey. 

The influencer recently reflected on how she has dealt with her ex-husband Dave Hollis's death, four months after he died at age 47.

"After my kids' dad passed away, I have even more of a plan because leaving someone to manage it all is unbelievable," Rachel explained on the May 24 episode of The Rachel Hollis Podcast, per Today. "You don't even think about all the stuff."

She added that she moved her and Dave's four kids—sons Jackson, Sawyer and Ford, and daughter Noah—back to Los Angeles to be closer to her and David's families and have a sense of community.

"We've added this massive changeup of closing down one piece of this thing and making the decision to move," Rachel continued. "It's a lot of things."

And along with raising her kids, she is also handling Dave's estate and personal belongings.

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"I don't even have words for how intense it is to try and help process someone's estate stuff," the Girl Wash Your Face author shared. "I never thought about this in my life. Like, what happens when someone passes away? And someone has to pay the bills, someone has to—what do you do with their physical stuff?"

Rachel noted that even the work that went into sorting out her late ex-husband's estate and will required the help of three other people, including her boyfriend. But if anything, Dave's sudden death has led the 40-year-old to go into overdrive making sure everyone has their affairs in order—even her parents.

"I was joking with them but like not joking," she said on the podcast. "Like, ‘Do not do this to us girls. Do not when you pass away—just leave it all for us to figure out.'"

The self-help guru continued, "Nobody wants to think about it, but it's real. And to ignore the fact that something might happen and you might not be here, I think, is so dangerous." 

Before signing off the mic, Rachel revealed that her lawyer advised her to chose "four layers" of backup guardians for her children in case of her death.

"I'm like, if something has happened to four layers of adults, it's the apocalypse," she teased. "The kids get to raise themselves."

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Dave's family confirmed his death Feb. 14 in a statement to the Los Angeles Times. The family spokesperson shared that he passed away at his Texas home after recently being hospitalized for "heart issues."

"I have no words and my heart is too broken to find them," Rachel's own statement, posted on Instagram at the time, read. "Please wrap the kids up in prayers as we try and navigate through the unthinkable."

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