Fresh Prince Of Bel Air producer Jeff Pollack found dead, aged 54

The famed director [pictured left] died suddenly on Monday morning in Hermosa Beach, California

Jeff Pollack, producer of the Fresh Prince of Bel Air, has been found dead.

The famed director, who was behind comedies such as Lost & Found and Booty Call, died suddenly on Monday morning in Hermosa Beach, California. He was 54.

He was found in Greenbelt Park, which is a popular spot for jogging and outdoor activities in the area. He was wearing jogging clothes, lieutenant Tom Thompson of the Hermosa Beach Police Department confirmed.

However, Thompson assured E! Online that nothing about the death appeared to be unusual and the authorities were not investigating any suspicions of foul play.

They were alerted to the body by a woman who ran into the police station at 06.23 to report that she had seen a man lying in the Greenbelt area near 30th Street.

Pollack was announced dead at the scene by paramedics. His official cause of death is not known at present.

He is survived by two children - daughter Lael Pollack, 19, and son Logan Pollack, 13 - with ex-wife Solange White.

He partnered with Benny Medina, the manager whose life The Fresh Prince of Bel Air was based upon, for several years.

Medina said in a statement to Deadline last night: “It is with a heavy heart that I must bid farewell to my dear friend, Jeff Pollack.

“Jeff was a talented writer, director, producer and entrepreneur … but he would say his greatest accomplishment was his two children, Lael and Logan, to whom he was an amazing and devoted father.

“He was my partner, but first and foremost, a great and loyal friend whom I loved dearly.

“Gone too soon, I will miss him.”

Pollack served as a writer and producer on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, before making his directorial debut with Above The Rim in 1994, the basketball drama starring Tupac Shakur.

He went on to write and direct the Jamie Foxx-starring Booty Call and David Spade’s Lost & Found.

Pollack was also the executive consultant on The Tyra Banks Show and production consultant on Charlize Theron’s Monster, for which she won an Academy Award for her role as a serial killer.

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