AceShowbiz - Legendary producer Jerry Weintraub, best known for "The Karate Kid", "Nashville" and "Ocean's Eleven", passed away on Monday, July 6, of cardiac arrest at the age of 77. Some Hollywood stars who worked in Weintraub's films, including George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Arnold Schwarzenegger, paid tribute to the producer.
Clooney who starred in Weintraub's "Ocean's Eleven" said in a statement, "In the coming days there will be tributes, about our friend Jerry Weintraub. We'll laugh at his great stories, and applaud his accomplishments. And in the years to come the stories and accomplishments will get better with age, just as Jerry would have wanted it. But not today." He added, "Today our friend died. To his family and friends, Amal and I send our love. And to those who didn't know him we send our deepest sympathy. You would have loved him." Pitt paid tribute to the producer in his own statement saying, "He was an absolute original. I loved him and will genuinely miss him."
Other celebrities took to Twitter to offer their condolences. Schwarzenegger praised the producer on his post which read, "Jerry Weintraub is larger than life. He was a giant in Hollywood & his heart was so big it lit up the town. My thoughts are with his family." "Karate Kids" actor Ralph Macchio tweeted, "So sad at loss of Jerry Weintraub, you were 1 of a kind, my friend. Last of a breed. So glad I got to be 'that kid,' " alongside a picture of him and the late producer.
So sad at loss of Jerry Weintraub, you were 1 of a kind, my friend. Last of a breed. So glad I got to be "that kid" pic.twitter.com/ebN7p8ptUL
— Ralph Macchio (@ralphmacchio) July 6, 2015
Rachael Ray admitted that the producer was irreplaceable as tweeting, "Thank you Jerry Weintraub for some of the greatest shows we've ever seen on Earth. There will only be ONE Jerry Weintraub." Likewise, actor Kevin Zegers tweeted, "Never again will the movie business see a man like #JerryWeintraub. One of the greatest producers, and men, of all time. #rip."
Rob Lowe who was surprised by the producer's death news wrote, "So sad and shocked that a creative spirit like Jerry Weintraub's could EVER be silenced. He was the ultimate producer. #BehindTheCandelabra." Similarly, host and comedian Larry King wrote, "Shocked to learn of the passing of Jerry Weintraub. I just saw him last week. This is a great loss to show business, what a legend."