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Daniel Gerson (1966 - 2016)

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Daniel Gerson (1966 - 2016)

Daniel Gerson, a screenwriter who co-wrote The Walt Disney Co.'s Academy Award-winning animated film "Big Hero 6," has died at his home in Los Angeles, according to multiple news sources. He was 49.

His family released a statement announcing the death; he had brain cancer, according to Variety and The Associated Press.

"Big Hero 6" won the Oscar last year for best animated feature. Robert L. Baird and Jordan Roberts also served as its co-writers. Gerson also voiced the film's police sergeant character.

Gerson also co-wrote "Monsters, Inc." and its prequel, "Monsters University," along with Baird.

Gerson and Baird also assisted on the films "Chicken Little," "Cars," "Open Season," "Meet the Robinsons" and "Up."

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According to Variety, the Disney/Pixar films to which Gerson contributed have grossed more than $2 billion globally.

Gerson, who was born in New York, New York, in 1966, began as a television scriptwriter for the NBC sitcom "Something So Right."

Fans of his work reacted to his death via social media. Michelle Gerson wrote on Facebook that Gerson was her cousin. "He will be missed beyond measure," she wrote. "Such a talent in so many ways."

Daniel Gerson is survived by his wife, two children and parents.

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