Thomas Schumacher, a former executive at the Walt Disney Company, has died at the age of 47. Schumacher was a well-known figure in the entertainment industry, having served as the president of Disney Theatrical Group and the chairman of Disney Animation.
Schumacher’s death was confirmed in a statement by Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger, who said: “Tom was a beloved member of the Disney family and our hearts go out to his family and friends during this difficult time.”
Schumacher had been hospitalized for “cardiac issues” prior to his death. He is survived by his wife and two children.
Schumacher began his career at Disney in 1988, working as a producer on the animated film The Little Mermaid. He went on to produce several other animated films, including The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, and The Emperor’s New Groove. He then moved into a role as the president of Disney Theatrical Group, where he oversaw the production of several Broadway shows, including The Lion King, Aladdin, and Frozen.
In addition to his work at Disney, Schumacher was also a board member of the National Endowment for the Arts and the American Film Institute. He was also a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Schumacher’s death has been met with an outpouring of support from those who knew and worked with him. In a statement, Iger said: “Tom was an extraordinarily talented and passionate leader, and his legacy at Disney will live on for generations to come.”
Schumacher’s death is a great loss to the entertainment industry, and his memory will be remembered by those who knew and worked with him.