‘Euphoria,’ ‘The Idol’ producer dies at 44

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By Dan Sears

Kevin Turen, a producer on HBO’s “Euphoria” and “The Idol,” has died at 44.

A spokesperson for Penske Media Corporation confirmed the news in a statement late Sunday. No other details on his death have been released.

“Despite his many achievements in Hollywood, Kevin’s greatest passion was his family and friends,” Jay Penske, CEO of PMC and a close friend of Turen, said in a statement. “He was so proud of his children. He and his wife, Evelina, were resolved that their children grow up with great values and ensured they make a difference in the broader world. Our collective heart breaks for them, and we all feel such a profound sense of loss. We will miss Kevin so much, and this town lost one of its brightest rising stars today.”

The New York native studied at Columbia University and graduated with a degree in English and Critical Film Studies.

The producer at the Andrew Levitas Art Opening at Karen Lynne Gallery in Beverly Hills in February 2007.
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Tom Gormican, Kristin Burr, Kevin Turen and Kevin Etten attend the Los Angeles special screening of “The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent” in LA in April 2022.
The cast of “The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent.”
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He’d go on to co-found Little Lamb Productions with Sam and Ashley Levinson, which produced “Euphoria.” He also worked on Ti West’s “X,” “Pearl” and “MaXXXine.”

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Little Lamb also produced “Malcolm and Marie” (2021), starring Zendaya and John David Washington and directed by Sam Levinson, John Boyega’s “Breaking” (2022) and Olivier Assayas’ HBO miniseries “Irma Vep” (2022).

Kevin is survived by his wife, Evelina, and their two sons, Jack and James.

Turen’s death comes after news that “Euphoria” Season 3 was pushed to 2025 and months following the death of star Angus Cloud. The actor died at age 25 in July.

Turen attended a photocall for the film “Pieces of a Woman” in September 2020.
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Zendaya in “Euphoria.”
Andrew Garfield, actress Laura Dern, producer Kevin Turen and director Ramin Bahrani at a screening of “99 Homes” in LA in September 2015.

The coroner said Cloud suffered acute intoxication after he reportedly consumed a lethal combination of fentanyl, cocaine, methamphetamine, benzodiazepine, and other drugs.

“It is with the heaviest heart that we had to say goodbye to an incredible human today,” read a statement from Cloud’s family at the time. “As an artist, a friend, a brother, and a son, Angus was special to all of us in so many ways.”

“Last week he buried his father and intensely struggled with this loss. The only comfort we have is knowing Angus is now reunited with his dad, who was his best friend,” continued the statement.

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Turen and Evelina Turen in September 2018.
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Lily-Rose Depp and The Weeknd in “The Idol.”
“Euphoria” poster.

In August, Zendaya, 27, penned that “words are not enough” to describe what Cloud meant to her.

“I’m so grateful I got the chance to know him in this life, to call him a brother, to see his warm kind eyes and bright smile, or hear his infectious cackle of a laugh (I’m smiling now just thinking of it) I know people use this expression often when talking about folks they love … ‘they could light up any room they entered’ but boy let me tell you, he was the best at it,” she wrote via Instagram. “I’d like to remember him that way. For all of the boundless light, love and joy he always managed to give us. I’ll cherish every moment.”

“My heart is with his mother and family at this time and please be kind and patient as grief looks different for everyone,” she added.

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