Hellman’s wife, Elizabeth Empleton Hellman, first told Deadline that he died on May 26, saying, “We will miss him terribly.” No cause of death was given. Hellman’s widow did not return TheWrap’s request for comment.
Jerome Hellman was a producer on seven films throughout his career between the 1960s and 1980s, and those movies earned a total of 17 Oscar nominations and six wins. He himself won an Oscar in 1969 when “Midnight Cowboy,” John Schlesinger’s X-rated drama starring Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight, won Best Picture. The film was considered a long shot at the Oscars, considering its bleak subject matter of crime, prostitution and homosexuality, and he once told the Los Angeles Times that he was so certain they would lose that he hadn’t even prepared a speech.