Courtney Hope (Sally, Y&R) shares painful loss! Click here to learn more--->>
Courtney Hope (Sally Spectra, The Young & The Restless) shared on her Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages earlier today that a former co-worker and friend of hers, Ken Mader, has passed away. Hope and Mader worked together on "Displacement" in 2016, a sci-fi/thriller movie that Hope starred in and co-produced and Mader was the director, co-writer, and fellow producer.
Hope shared some pictures of her with Mader on her social media pages along with the following statement, "This one is a difficult one. Yesterday, I lost an amazing soul, mentor, friend, director, co-producer and supporter. I will miss my dear friend Ken Mader dearly, and I am so thankful for all my time spent with him collaborating and creating on many projects. I couldn’t be more grateful for all the advice and lessons he taught me the new first time producer I was during ‘Displacement’ and how he guided me as an actor from his directorial and writers perspective. He wore many hats, but the greatest one was being a visionary and a companion. His legacy will live on through his films and his lesson. I am so thankful to have spent time creating memories I will never forget, and for having someone believe in me as wholeheartedly as he did. That support will never leave me. I love you and miss you Ken 😞❤️🎥🎬"
Based on some social media posts, it appears Mader was battling cancer and a GoFundMe page was created for him. It has since been updated by Marty Elcan with the following post, "Dear wonderful friends of Ken, I am heartbroken to tell you that our dear friend Ken passed away this morning shortly before 10am. Ken and his doctors tried extensive measures to try to keep him with us longer but unfortunately they didn't work. I had the honor of spending time with him yesterday and he was alert, lucid and "feeling better." He was so very appreciative of the outpouring of love and support from every single one of you. It warmed his heart to know so many people cared. The gofundme campaign funds will go toward his outstanding expenses, his cremation and to help create a Celebration of his life - most probably in early June. Thank you all for being such wonderful friends. May we all strive to be as respected and loved as Ken was in his time on this earth."
Below is the link for those who are able to donate:
Our deepest condolences go out to Hope and all of Mader's loved ones during this difficult time.