Nanci Ryder may not be a household name, but the longtime publicist was a favourite of some of Hollywood’s biggest stars.
Ryder passed away on Thursday at age 67, from complications of ALS.
As Deadline reported, Ryder was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, in 2014.
During her 30-year-plus career, Ryder became recognized as one of Hollywood’s most influential publicists, and earned the love and loyalty of her celebrity clientele.
After her passing, celebs including Reese Witherspoon, Emmy Rossum, Elizabeth Perkins and more shared their tributes to Ryder via social media.
My heart is with the family and friends of Jas Waters. Jas was an incredibly kind woman and a truly brilliant talent. My team at Hello Sunshine was honored to collaborate with her. I send my deepest sympathies and condolences to everyone whose lives she touched.
— Reese Witherspoon (@ReeseW) June 11, 2020
Absolutely gutted to hear of Nanci Ryder’s passing. Nanci was a beacon for me in my career. She was an absolutely joy to be around. I’ll miss her wicked sense of humor, her gossip, her laugh, her emails, her spirit, her smarts, her kindness and love. I’ll miss her so much. https://t.co/Atw9bU998F
— Emmy Rossum (@emmyrossum) June 12, 2020
Nanci Ryder, Powerful Publicist Who Co-Founded BWR, Dies at 67 https://t.co/sxZHdXt8Bu via @variety Nancy was always on my side, kind, fierce, loyal, determined & real. I am glad she is finally at peace after such a long battle. Rest, beautiful Nancy, knowing so many loved you.
— Elizabeth Perkins (@Elizbethperkins) June 12, 2020
— John-a-thon Schaech (@JohnSchaech) June 12, 2020
Was my friend, former publicist, introduced me to my wife, funny… oh so funny, smart, strong… oh so strong. I'll miss her forever. #nanciryder
— Peter Horton (@peterhorton) June 12, 2020