Euphoria producer Kevin Turen died aged 44 after suffering a medical emergency while driving, resulting in his 10-year-old son having to take the wheel, according to reports.
Turen’s father, Edward, and close friend Michael Hellar are said to have told the US news outlet that he became unwell while driving on a California freeway and his Tesla was placed on autopilot, which allowed his son to navigate the car to pull over so he could call 911.Turen's sudden death on November 12 was confirmed by a spokesperson for Penske Media Corporation, the parent company of US entertainment publication The Hollywood Reporter.“Despite his many achievements in Hollywood, Kevin’s greatest passion was his family and friends,” Turen’s close friend and CEO of PMC, Jay Penske, said in a statement.
“He was so proud of his children. He and his wife, Evelina, were resolved that their children grow up with great values and ensured they make a difference in the broader world. Our collective heart breaks for them, and we all feel such a profound sense of loss. We will miss Kevin so much, and this town lost one of its brightest rising stars today.”
British independent film producer Cassian Elwes also paid tribute to Turin online.,
"A good friend and true indie film maker died tonight too young," he wrote on social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter. "I'm so sad. Hold your loved ones close. Life if precious and fleeting."
"What people don't realize is actually Hollywood is a small town," he continued. "Everyone eventually meets everyone. The indie film circuit of people who consistently make indie films is even smaller. We all know each other really well because we are kindred spirits. We lost a very important person in our circle tonight."
Turen is survived by his wife Evelina and their two sons, Jack and James.