Toronto International Film Festival’s retired chairman suffered cardiac arrest
Toronto International Film Festival founder Bill Marshall died early Sunday morning in a Toronto hospital after suffering cardiac arrest. He was 77.
“We are deeply saddened by the passing of our friend and TIFF Chair Emeritus Bill Marshall,” festival director and CEO Piers Handling said on Sunday. “He was a pioneer in the Canadian film industry and his vision of creating a public festival that would bring the world to Toronto through the transformative power of cinema stands today as one of his most significant legacies.”
“Without his tenacity and dedication, the Toronto International Film Festival would not be among the most influential public cultural festivals today,” Handling continued. “We were so fortunate to have Bill serve as one of our greatest champions for forty-one years. Our thoughts are with his wife Sari Ruda, his children Lee, Stephen and Shelagh, his six grandchildren and their family and friends.”