JAMES Cameron has led tributes to his Oscar-winning friend David Brenner, who tragically died on Thursday aged 59.
The legendary Hollywood producer said Brenner was an “editor extraordinaire” who would be “truly missed”.
Brenner passed away at his West Hollywood home on Thursday evening, his wife Amber told The Hollywood Reporter.
Brenner worked on a number of blockbuster movies including Zack Snyder’s Justice League and won an Oscar for his work on Oliver Stone’s Born On the Fourth of July in 1990.
Leading tributes, Cameron, who was working with Brenner on two upcoming Avatar sequels, said: “We have lost a very dear member of the #AvatarFamily, David Brenner, an editor extraordinaire on the Avatar sequels.
“Our hearts go out to his wife Amber and their children Annie, Haider and Sasha. His talent, compassion and friendship will be truly missed”.
Snyder also paid his respects, posting on social media: “Devastated by the news that I lost my dear friend and collaborator David Brenner… The kindest man, A loving father and husband, A gifted artist… you’ll be deeply missed.”
Roland Emmerich – who worked with Brenner on Independence Day, The Patriot, The Day After Tomorrow and 2012 – said Brenner was “a beloved husband and father” and a “dear and very gifted friend”.
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He wrote: “Our deepest sympathies and sincerest condolences to Amber, Anna, Haider and Sasha on the sad and tragic passing of OSCAR – winning film editor David Brenner, a beloved husband and father, as well as dear and very gifted friend.”
American Cinema Editors – of which Brenner was a long-time member – have started a GoFundMe page for fans to donate money to help his family.
Fans have raised $46,000 (£33,000) in less than 24 hours and that figure continues to rise.
The group said: “He was an extraordinary editor and a loving, compassionate family man.
“In an effort to support David’s family during this terrible time, Lightstorm Entertainment has created a GoFundMe account.
“More important than any financial assistance this may provide, it’s an opportunity to let his wife Amber and his children Annie, Haider, and Sasha know how many other lives David touched.”
Brenner is survived by his wife and children Anna, Haider and Sasha.