Ben Feigin, Silver Spring Native & ‘Schitt’s Creek’ Executive Producer, Dies at 47

Schitt’s Creek executive producer and Silver Spring native Ben Feigin has died at 47, according to reports.

Feigin died at his home Monday following a battle with pancreatic cancer, according to NBC Washington (via Bethesda Beat). He is survived by his wife Heidi and daughter Ellie, who is 11 years old.

United Talent Agency, Feigin’s former employer and Heidi’s current employer, confirmed his death Wednesday. Feigin’s memorial service will take place on Thursday at Mount Sinai Cemetery in Hollywood Hills, Calif. According to the Los Angeles Times, his family is requesting donations in his memory to Stand Up to Cancer.

Schitt’s Creek co-creator Eugene Levy tweeted Wednesday, “We were saddened to hear the news of Ben Feigin’s passing. The Schitt’s Creek family extend our most heartfelt condolences to his wife Heidi, his daughter Ellie, and all of his family and friends. He will be missed.”

In 2020, Feigin won an Emmy for Schitt’s Creek for outstanding comedy series, one of 19 awards & nominations received by the show.

“I’m known as the champion of underdogs of the show,” Feigin said in an undated interview with his alma mater UC Santa Barbara. “After all the defying odds, I, as the little engine that could, arrived at the Emmys. I was texting the head of Netflix and the CEO of Worldwide Production during the broadcast and they were pulling for us. And as soon as the categories started to get listed, we swept every category, again, never been done!”

NBC Washington reports that Feigin worked for studios including Amblin Entertainment and Warner Bros., as well as major talent agencies like William Morris Agency and the aforementioned United Talent Agency during his Hollywood career.

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