THQ founder Jack Friedman dies at 70

Also led toymaker Jakks Pacific as chairman and CEO

Jack Friedman, the founder of videogame company THQ and toymaker Jakks Pacific, died May 3 at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center from complications caused by a rare blood disease. He was 70.

Friedman launched some of the most successful toys in history, including the first movie toys for 1982 film "E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial," Michael Jackson dolls and wrestling action figures.

Friedman formed THQ in 1989 and led it until 1995. He led Malibu-based Jakks from 1995 as chairman and CEO through March 31, 2010.

A funeral is set for Friday at Forest Lawn South Mortuary in Davie, Fla., with a memorial service at the Malibu Jewish Center to be held May 13.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his name can be made to the Toy Industry Foundation or to the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center at UCLA.
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