Rick Ax, Longtime Talent Manager, Dies at 56

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Courtesy of Courtney Rheuban Ax

His clients at Gold Coast Management included Colm Meaney, Michael Cudlitz and Radha Mitchell.

Rick Ax, the owner of Gold Coast Management and a talent manager for more than 25 years, has died. He was 56.

Ax died Feb. 8 of colon cancer at his home in Venice, Calif., his wife Courtney told The Hollywood Reporter. He was diagnosed in March 2014, she said.

Originally from New York, Ax moved to the West Coast in his early 20s. He started out as an agent, then transitioned to becoming a manager, and his longtime clients included Colm Meaney, Michael Cudlitz, Radha Mitchell, Mike Hagerty, Kurt Fuller, Eve Best, Lee Arenberg, Lesley Boone and Angeline Ball.

In addition to his wife, survivors include his sisters Ellen, Jennifer and Allyson, nieces and nephews Rachel, Kelsey, Geoffrey and Alison and dogs Kelly, Tina, Jack, Cookie, Mousse and Lucy.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Star Paws Rescue Foundation, Much Love Animal Rescue and Downtown Dog Rescue.

In a Facebook post, Ax noted that he met his wife at a Much Love fundraiser at the Playboy mansion.

“All I can tell you is if I had the choice of seven years of Courtney or not having cancer, no question she’s worth every second," he wrote. "I am not religious or spiritual. I really believe you go to sleep and don’t wake up or else wake up at the Rainbow Bridge with all your previous pets, and I’m OK with dreaming about Courtney and the dogs for a really long time.”