Prison Break and Lost in Space writer-producer Zack Estrin passed away on Friday in Hermosa Beach, California, from an undisclosed reason. He was 51.
Before moving through the ranks to become a co-executive producer of Fox’s Prison Break, Estrin had a successful career in television, beginning with credits on Charmed, Dawson’s Creek, and Tru Calling.
He also was showrunner and executive producer of Netflix’s reimagining of Lost in Space.
Before beginning his entertainment career in movies, Estrin attended USC. He was born in Woodland, California, and reared in Brooklyn, New York. He worked as a producer on both the modern Othello version and the Stranger Than Fiction television series.
In a statement, Estrin’s family called him “our everything. The best husband, father, son and friend.”
“He loved to make everyone happy,” Estrin’s family said. “He loved to make everyone laugh. He loved being a writer-producer and being a part of creating these shows that people enjoyed. But above all, he loved his family and friends. Thank you all for being a part of his life and ours.”
Added WME president Ari Greenburg: “Zack was our client for nearly 25 years. He had a tremendously successful career and mentored so many writers. We are so proud of all his accomplishments and feel blessed to have called him a friend.”
Estrin is survived by his wife Kari Estrin, daughters Charlotte Estrin and Chloe Estrin and dogs Molly and Lt. Judy Hopps, in addition to mother Patricia Estrin, father Jonathan Estrin, sister Amelia Burstyn, stepbrother Dylan Arrants and stepsisters Julie List and Laura Humphrey.
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to The Zack Estrin USC Scholarship Fund. Checks can be sent c/o PNG LLC 11400 W. Olympic Blvd. Suite 590 Los Angeles, CA 90064.