Lorenzo Soria, president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, has passed away. He was 68 years old.
Soria passed away peacefully at her Los Angeles home on Friday, the association said in a statement, in which she praised her “generosity, her passion” and her sense of humor.
According to The Hollywood Reporter (THR), Soria had battled lung cancer.
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“He was deeply committed to the power of the film industry to heal the world and shine the spotlight on injustice,” said the group – behind the annual star-studded Golden Globe Awards.
Soria, who was born in Argentina, grew up and worked in Italy. He wrote and edited for the Italian publication L’Espresso.
In 1982, he moved to Los Angeles, where he continued to write for L’Espresso, in addition to the daily La Stampa. He has covered a wide variety of topics, including politics and technology.
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However, his real passion, according to the organization, was to interview “Hollywood talent and report on trends and changes in the film and television industry.”
A member of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association since 1989, he has been in administration for over 25 years. After serving twice as President, his current term began in 2019.
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A memorial is planned, but details were not immediately available, said the group, which cited an unidentified member of the Soria family in the news of his death.
By THR, Soria is survived by his wife, Lilla; son Max; sister Donatella; and mother Diana.
The Associated Press contributed to this report