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'Monsters, Inc.' Screenwriter Daniel Gerson Dead At 49

Gerson died at home after a battle with cancer.

Daniel Gerson, the screenwriter well known for "Monsters, Inc." died on Saturday, his family confirmed with an obituary on the New York Times' website. He was 49 years old.

According to the obit, Gerson died peacefully at his home after a battle with brain cancer. 

"Daniel expressed a unique zest for life, its big and little moments, and brought that spirit to all of his loved ones," the notice reads. "His sense of humor was exceptional. Beyond his creative talents, what distinguished Daniel was a profound commitment to honesty, fairness and concern for the less fortunate." 

Gerson grew up in New York and was involved in musical theatre performances in high school and college (Cornell University). He received an MFA from NYU film school and went on to work as a staff writer for the former NBC sitcom, "Something So Right."

The 49-year-old eventually transitioned into feature films and co-wrote "Monsters, Inc." for Pixar Animation Studios. 

Aside from "Monsters. Inc.," Gerson was also responsible for writing "Big Hero 6," which won an Oscar for Best Animated Feature in 2015. His other credits include Disney-Pixar's "Monsters University," "Up" and "Inside Out," as well as Sony's "Open Season." 

The screenwriter was currently working on "Cars 3," E! News reports. 

Gerson is survived by his wife, Beau Stacom, and his children, Claire and Asher. 

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