Salma Hayek is mourning the death of prominent Hollywood executive film producer Jill Messick following her death by suicide at the age of 50 this week.
“I am deeply saddened by the loss of Jill Messick,” the actress, 51, posted in tribute on Instagram. Hayek worked with Messick on the 2002 movie “Frida”, which was produced by Harvey Weinstein and his company, Miramax. Messick later became Rose McGowan’s manager and represented the actress in 1997 when her alleged rape by Weinstein occurred.
“She always navigated the frustrating and hostile environment of Miramax with grace and elegance,” Hayek continued. “She became my ally and my friend. In the many years we worked together I witnessed her professionalism while being pregnant, a mother and through incredible pressure.”
“She was a girl’s girl and a romantic when it came to fighting for the underdog. I will forever be grateful for her support and kindness,” Hayek wrote alongside a photo of Messick. “My heart is with her husband Kevin, her precious children Jackson and Ava and her friends and family, that, like me, cherish her memory. May she Rest In Peace.”
I am deeply saddened by the loss of Jill Messick. Jill was Frida's executive at Miramax. She always navigated the frustrating and hostile environment of Miramax with grace and elegance. She became my ally and my friend. In the many years we worked together I witnessed her professionalism wile being pregnant, a mother and through incredible pressure. She was a girl’s girl and a romantic when it came to fighting for the underdog. I will forever be grateful for her support and kindness. My heart is with her husband Kevin, her precious children Jackson and Ava and her friends and family, that like me cherish her memory. May she Rest In Peace #RestInPeace #JillMessick #SarahGreen
Tina Fey – who worked with Messick to adapt Rosalind Wiseman’s novel Queen Bees & Wanna Bees into the 2004 blockbuster film “Mean Girls” – issued the following statement: “This is very sad news and my heart goes out to her family. Jill was instrumental in helping ‘Mean Girls’ get to the screen. She was a fiercely dedicated producer and a kind person.”
Anne Heche also paid tribute to Messick on Twitter saying, “I lost a very dear friend and partner, Jill Messick today, and I am, among other things, so sad and mad also, to have lost [a] friend.”
And other stars have paid their condolences to Messick’s family and spoken out about her death on social media:
Messick was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and had a history of depression, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
She recently made headlines when, on Jan. 30 Weinstein released a private email, attributed to Messick, without her permission, in which she appears to come to the defence of Weinstein.
On the news of her death, Messick’s family released a statement aimed at both Weinstein and at McGowan who called the actress’ statements against her former manager “slanderous.” They added that Messick “became collateral damage in an already horrific story” and “seeing her name in headlines again and again, as part of one person’s attempt to gain more attention for her personal cause, along with Harvey’s desperate attempt to vindicate himself, was devastating for her.”