I’m really sad to report the loss of a friend with great warmth, humor and expertise: Entertainment and political consultant Stephen Rivers, who died last night after a long battle with cancer. He was 55.
Over the years, he worked with or represented a number of clients through the years including Queen Rania of Jordan, Jane Fonda, the Kennedy family, Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzengger and many activist causes. He was particularly engaged in Cuba, leading trips for actors and writers and producers to the country, including one to Havana in 2008 tied to the release of the movie “Che.”
Rivers also was the first communications and public affairs executive at CAA.
Details are coming soon on memorial services.
Update: Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver issued this statement on Rivers’ passing.”Stephen was a great human being – one of the best. What made him so special was his total grasp of his craft, whether it was the entertainment world, the political arena, non-profits or the private sector. He was the only one who could bring it all together for the benefit of whatever cause he supported. Stephen’s talent had no boundaries, and he will be missed.”
Shriver put out her own statement as well: “I first met Stephen at a soup kitchen at the Catholic Worker in the ’70s. Way back then he was already trying to change the world. Stephen was a great friend. A man of deep faith, and a strong sense of social justice. He fought for causes and people he believed in and I admired the way I fought for his life. Every time I spoke to stephen the conversation made me think and reflect. He encouraged everybody in his life to work on behalf of those less fortunate and I feel blessed by his friendship and I will miss him very much.”
Two of his best friends, Jamie Falkowski and Jonathan Reed, prepared the obit below.