A coroner report has found that Christian author and former Disney executive, Dave Hollis, died from an accidental drug overdose.

Hollis passed away in February, but the cause of his death was unknown at the time. Now, after an autopsy has been conducted by the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office, the report has revealed that Hollis had a history of drug and alcohol abuse, high blood pressure, depression, hypertensive and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease and moderate to severe atherosclerosis in his heart.

The Medical Examiner ruled Hollis’ death as an accident and he allegedly had cocaine and fentanyl in his system at the time of his death.

Hollis was married to high profile Christian self-help author, Rachel Hollis. Their marriage broke down in 2020, with Rachel at the time mentioning that attempts to make things improve were impossible after almost twenty years of marriage.

Hollis’ death shocked the world. He was only 47 when he was discovered in his home in Austin, Texas.


Rachel Hollis stated on Instagram back in February: She wrote on Instagram on Tuesday: “We are so devastated. I have no words and my heart is too broken to find them. Please wrap the kids in prayer as we try and navigate through the unthinkable.”

According to the Evening Standard, Hollis was president of sales for the film studio at the Walt Disney Company, where he was credited with helping to relaunch the Star Wars brand after the media behemoth took over LucasArt in 2012.

He also helped to oversee the growth of the Frozen franchise. Over a period of huge success for the Disney empire, Mr Hollis helped it to secure 22 per cent of all box-office ticket sales in the US in the year up to 2018. In 2017, Disney films grossed more than $6 billion.



Around this time, his ex-wife published the self-help book Girl, Wash Your Face. This proved to be a big success and led to a sequel called Girl, Stop Apologizing.

Of this time, Mr Hollis said on his website: “I’d come through a mid-life moment where having reached a place I’d been pushing toward for 20 years in Hollywood, the existential questions of ‘is this it?’ fused with the belief in a vision for the mission ahead.

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