Jim Paratore, TV Syndication Veteran, Dies at 59

Celebrity News May. 29, 2012 AT 7:20PM
Jim Paratore in Los Angeles, California on July 28, 2009. Jim Paratore in Los Angeles, California on July 28, 2009. Credit: Jordan Strauss/WireImage

Veteran television producer and executive Jim Paratore died Tuesday in France. He was 58.

According to The Los Angeles Times, Paratore passed away after suffering a heart attack while cycling.

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He was president of Telepictures, a label of Warner Bros. Television, from 1992 through 2006 and helped launch The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Rosie O'Donnell Show, The Bachelor, TMZ, The Tyra Banks Show, Extra and more.

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Ellen DeGeneres tweeted Tuesday, "My friend, producer and champion Jim Paratore died today. He gave me a chance when no one else would. I love you, Jim."

"The Warner Bros. Television family has lost an incredibly talented and creative friend and colleague in Jim," Bruce Rosenblum, president, Warner Bros.Television Group, said in a statement. "He has left an indelible mark not only on our company’s success but on each of us who worked with him during the past 26 years. Jim had a passion for life, both inside and outside the entertainment industry, and he will truly be missed."

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Paratore is survived by his wife, Jill Wickert, and his daughter, Martinique.

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