Dave Hollis, Christian Author and Former Disney's Executive, Died of Drug Overdose

Dave Hollis

Dave Hollis, a former executive for Disney, Christian author and the ex-husband of Girl Wash Your Face author Rachel Hollis, died of an accidental overdose, a medical examiner's office revealed. Hollis, 47, had fatal amounts of cocaine, fentanyl and alcohol in his system when he died at his home outside Austin, Texas, on Feb. 12.

His death was ruled as an accident by the report from the Travis County Medical Examiner's Office, which said that authorities found Dave unresponsive and declared him dead at the scene. Hollis had a history of drug and alcohol abuse, depression, high blood pressure and hypertensive and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, according to the autopsy. 

Hollis hosted a podcast titled "Rise Together" and wrote several books, including 2020's Get Out of Your Own Way, in which he discussed his drinking and problems in his marriage, 2021's Built Through Courage: Face Your Fears to Live the Life You Were Meant For and the 2022 children's book Here's to Your Dreams. 

Hollis, who would have turned 48 on Feb. 14, is survived by his four children: Jackson, Sawyer, Ford and Noah. Rachel, his ex-wife  posted to Instagram on Tuesday, Feb. 14, asking for prayers.  "We are devastated. I have no words and my heart is too broken to find them. Please wrap the kids in prayers as we try and navigate through the unthinkable." 

Dave Hollis left Disney in 2018 to pursue a career alongside his then-wife, a lifestyle blogger-turned-author whose self-help books include "Girl, Wash Your Face" and "Girl, Stop Apologizing." 

In 2020, the couple announced their divorce. "Our marriage has been a triumph in so many ways... and it has run its course," Dave Hollis wrote in an Instagram post at the time that has since been deleted.

"Despite still loving and deeply respecting each other as friends, co-parents and business partners, Rae and I decided that the best way to allow each of those to thrive in the future is to end our marriage while the option for a beautiful, unconventional new family, friendship and partnership still exists as a real and hope-filled option."



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