According to an official statement released by CBS, American producer Heather Gray has died at the age of 50. Gray was an Emmy Award-winning executive producer for The Talk on CBS. She died on July 30 in Los Angeles of an “unforgivable illness,” CBS reported, without naming her or providing further details. After the announcement of her death, condolences to the executive producer started pouring in on social networks.
Reactions on Twitter to the death of Heather Gray
Heather Gray, who was long associated with the CBS talk show The Talk, was mourned by Twitterati. Several people expressed surprise at her death at the age of 50, calling her “one of the most beautiful and kind souls”.
Two weeks ago, it was my first time co-hosting The Talk.. when the show ended I walked out and Heather was waiting for me with words of encouragement., this is a complete shock https://t.co/EPMBrFtVu9
— Loni Love (@LoniLove) July 31, 2022
I am absolutely devastated to hear that my friend has passed away. We just had dinner last week and she was in such a good mood, as always. One of the most beautiful, kindest souls, who always had a positive attitude and ALWAYS cared so much about others. I love you ladies https://t.co/kluoL89HZN
— Mike Hill (@ItsMikeHill) July 31, 2022
Heather Gray’s achievements are summarized here.
Heather Gray joined The Talk as a senior supervising producer midway through its first season in 2010, when the program launched. She was promoted to co-executive producer the following season and then executive producer in August 2019. Gray won two Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Talk Entertainment Program for her work on The Talk in 2016 and 2018. She also received an NAACP Image Award in 2016 . Gray previously served as a development producer at Endemol USA from 2010 to 2011, as well as a supervising producer for The Tyra Banks Show from 2006 to 2010.
CBS President and CEO George Cheeks acknowledged her contribution to the entertainment business in an official letter.
“On behalf of everyone at CBS, we want to express our sincere condolences on the tragic passing of our dear Heather. She was an example to all of us, flourishing despite her battle with a serious illness. She showed what true courage looks like.”
The letter also called Gray the “heart and soul” of the talk show.
“Her huge smile and infectious laugh complimented her talent as an imaginative producer. She was a valued and respected mama bear of your family, as well as a leader that everyone looked up to. Her contributions to the success of the series are immeasurable, but more importantly, she was a boss who showed that you can lead with love, care and friendship. Heather was everyone’s best friend, advocate and favorite person on set. We will sadly miss him.”
The program will also be on hiatus from August 1, 2022 until further notice, according to the official letter. The cause of her death has not yet been revealed.