Michael White, Producer of 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show,' Dies at 80

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The veteran film and theater producer died Monday night.

Michael White, who is best known for producing the movies The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Monty Python and the Holy Grail, has died, his ex-girlfriend confirmed to Reuters. He was 80.

The veteran film and theater producer died Monday night at the home of his ex-wife, Louise White, in Ojai, Calif., according to his former girlfriend Lyndall Hobbs.

"It would seem he died of heart failure having been told about eight weeks ago that he needed open-heart surgery, but he was too weak for surgery," Hobbs, a filmmaker, told Reuters. "Michael had an appetite for life that was unmatched in my opinion."

He was, she continued, "a unique man who put on hundreds of shows and truly was a theatrical pioneer."

White, who was born in Glasgow, Scotland, began his career producing plays in London before transition to films. His credits include The Hound of the Baskervilles and, most recently, he was the subject of the 2013 documentary The Last Impresario, directed by Gracie Otto.

Otto took to Twitter to pay tribute to White on Tuesday. 

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