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    Saw Producer, Greg Hoffman dies at 42.

    LOS ANGELES - Gregg Hoffman, who produced the current hit horror film "Saw II," has died. He was 42.

    Hoffman died Sunday at Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital, where he had been admitted after complaining of neck pain, his business partners said. He died of natural causes, according to a news release from Lions Gate Entertainment, which distributed his recent films. An autopsy will be performed.

    Hoffman and his partners at Twisted Pictures financed the low-budget films "Saw" (2004) and "Saw II" (2005) and stood to reap millions of dollars from their success. The first film cost $1million to make and grossed more than $102 million in DVD and box office revenue; the sequel cost $4 million and has made $86 million at the box office in six weeks.

    "We've won the lottery," Hoffman, a former Walt Disney Co. executive, told the Los Angeles Times in November.

    Hoffman's colleagues and family described him as a modest man in an ego-driven industry.

    "He never put himself in front of anybody," said Oren Koules, one of his Twisted Pictures partners. "He never did anything for the ego — everything he did was for the betterment of the movie."

    Hoffman began working for Disney in 1995, rising to become a senior vice president of production and earning a producer credit on "George of the Jungle" (1997).

    He joined Koules and Mark Burg at their management and production company, Evolution Entertainment, in 2003. Soon after, the self-professed horror film fanatic saw an 8-minute short movie about a serial killer called "Saw," which he believed would make lots of money as a full-length feature.

    "He discovered this movie, brought it in and talked us into making it. He was the driving force behind it," Koules said.

    In the summer of 2003, the three partners assembled the financing for "Saw" and started Twisted Pictures to make more low-budget horror movies.

    The "Saw" films' success led to multi-picture development deals with Lions Gate and Dimension Films. Hoffman was working on the movies "Saw III" and "Crawlspace" when he died.

    He is survived by his wife, Lucienne; children, Jared and Luke; mother, Stephanie; and sister, Tracy.

    Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com

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    That is just insane to hear about. It's so hard to believe it, and the guy was so young, too.

    RIP man, you certainly made an impression on the horror genre.
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    Man, this was the first thing I saw when I got online. I went to a movie website and saw his name and knew instantly who he was. I remember reading all his diaries when Saw II was filming, he sounded like a really great guy. I am so sad right now He was in his prime, and now this. 42 years of age, a damn crime. Rest in Peace Gregg Hoffman.

    Saw II director Darren Bousman on his dear friend:

    This weekend I was informed of a terrible and tragic loss of a close friend, Gregg Hoffman. I, as you, always prefaced Gregg Hoffman as the producer and genius behind SAW and SAW II, but I realize now that was only doing Gregg a disservice as 'Hoffman' was much more than the producer of a couple of horror films, he was an extremely passionate and amazing human being.

    Gregg Hoffman leaves behind a legacy not only of the films he produced, but of the peoples lives he changed. I only had the honor of knowing Gregg for a little over a year, but within that year he took an insecure Midwesterner with hopes and dreams of being a director and made it a reality. "I am going to take you into a war zone" he would tell me "Stick close by me, listen when I tell you things and I promise you, I will not let you down." And Gregg my man, you did not let me down, ever.

    Besides being my producer, Gregg was a very close friend. Any person who could put up with my obsessed and insane personality ought to be commended, Gregg did it with a smile on his face.

    Gregg, you gave me an opportunity when no one else would. You took a chance when everyone else didn't. You stuck by me through hell and high water, you pushed me to the edge, but were there to make sure I didn't fall off.

    Gregg, I thank you... For taking a risk... Being a man of your word... Being a mentor... But more importantly being a great friend.

    I will never forget how you changed my life, and everyone else's you came in contact with.

    You will truly be missed my friend, and forever remembered.

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    This is shocking news... R.I.P. Gregg.

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    man that really sucks, R.I.P
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    thats really sad

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    My 2 favorite movies this year now have great men that were taken way too soon(Matthew McGrory in The Devil's Rejects and now Gregg Hoffman from SAW II).

    I just saw this film thursday night since that was its last night at my theatre. Good thing, it would've been almost as tough to watch again as TDR was after I found out what happened to Matt.

    He gave young up-and-comers that didn't even believe in themselves a chance and was a driving force between probably the best new franchise since the turn of the millenium. He cared alot about his co-workers and the fans and gave both alot to be happy about.

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    It's always sad to hear of someone passing.
    R.I.P. -- Gregg.

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    I hope this doesn't effect SAW III. RIP!!

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    Originally posted by Cruel Intentions
    I hope this doesn't effect SAW III. RIP!!
    I think that's kind of rude of you to say considering the circumstances.
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    man, too many people being taken away too soon this year.R.I.P.

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    Man this is really sad.RIP Mr.Hoffman & my thoughts go out to his wife & 2 children
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    He was complaining of neck pains and died of natural causes? That's just so...wrong. It doesn't make sense. Damn. RIP.

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    Wow. I miss a day or two and this happens? I shouldn't ever leave then. This is terrible. I don't know what else to say really except how terrible this is and how he shouldn't have died. Right now, Saw III is really the last thing on my mind. R.I.P.

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    RIP Gregg.
    It sounds like he was a really good man.

    I have to agree with Mark though, in saying that is a little rude to say "I hope it doesn't affect SAW III" Kids lost their father, and a wife lost her husband. I feel worse for them then the fans of SAW.

    BTW- I'm really sorry for posting this in the Hang-out, I didn't see it here

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