Jill Messick, Rose McGowan's Former Manager, Dies By Suicide: She Was 50
Hollywood has yet again lost another child. Rose McGowan's ex-manager, Jill Messick, passes away at 50, after committing suicide in Los Angeles.
Messick's family confirmed that the producer had been fighting depression for several years already. She had also been diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
However, in a statement, Messick's family were easy to say that her being dragged into an unfortunate circumstance had largely impacted the exec, whom they revealed had just started to get back on track.
"Seeing her name in headlines again and again, as part of one person's attempt to gain more attention for her personal cause, along with Harvey's desperate attempt to vindicate himself, was devastating for her," it read.
Messick's family revealed that Jill was only dragged in McGowan's statements against film producer magnate Harvey Weinstein. They also claimed that she had decided to keep mum despite the "slanderous" words thrown at her by the Scream actress.
They also went on to say that Messick had suffered, especially with her name being tainted and her reputation tarnished by McGowan's allegations.
"She never chose to be a public figure, that choice was taken away from her," they stated.
Messick had recently became the talk of the town after being dragged into the limelight by her former talent. This had stemmed to the waves of women that bravely came out and spoke of their harrowing accounts against a powerful person in the industry.
McGowan last year became one of the most vocal critic of Weinstein, following a string of accusations thrown against him. She called out the Miramax founder for using his position to take advantage of many women.
The shadow had echoed and spanned across Hollywood as well as to other institutions. It prompted the #MeToo campaign to encourage people who have had experienced sexual assault and abuse to share and recount their devastating experience.
Messick had become a stalwart in the industry, serving Lorne Michaels Productions and Miramax for the past years. One of her more successful works was the iconic Mean Girls, which saw the story of Cady Heron, played by Lindsay Lohan, who transferred to a public school and experienced a lot of things she had not known since she was homeschooled by her parents.
Tina Fey, who wrote and had a role in the film, expressed her grief. The actress referred to Messick as "instrumental" in bringing Mean Girls to screens. Mark Waters, who directed the film, said that he was grateful for the opportunity that the exec had provided.