His wife Amber told The Hollywood Reporter that he passed away at his home in West Hollywood on Thursday afternoon.The film editor is most famous for working on movies including Zack Snyder’s Justice League, Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
He also won an Oscar in 1990 for his work on Oliver Stone’s Born On the Fourth of July.In addition to Born on the Fourth of July (1989) Brenner partnered with Stone on Platoon (1986), Salvador (1986), Wall Street (1987), Talk Radio (1988), The Doors (1991), Heaven & Earth (1993), World Trade Center (2006) and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010).
American Cinema Editors of which Brenner was a long-time member started a GoFundMe page for fans to donate money to help his family after his sudden death.Fans have raised $46,000 (£33,000) in less than 24 hours and donations continue to pour in.
The group said: ‘He was an extraordinary editor and a loving, compassionate family man.‘In an effort to support David’s family during this terrible time, Lightstorm Entertainment has created a GoFundMe account.Zack Snyder lead the tributes on Saturday.
He wrote: ‘Our deepest sympathies and sincerest condolences to Amber, Anna, Haider and Sasha on the sad and tragic passing of OSCAR winning film editor David Brenner, a beloved husband and father, as well as dear and very gifted friend.’
The film editor also worked with Rob Marshall on Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides in 2011.The director shared his condolences on social media, writing ‘David was an extraordinary artist and a kind and gentle man. We were incredibly lucky to have collaborated with such a beautiful spirit.
‘We are deeply saddened by this unimaginable loss and we send our most profound sympathies.’ Brenner is survived by his wife and children Anna, Haider and Sasha.
He had been working at home on James Cameron’s Avatar sequels for about a year, editing footage shot in New Zealand, just before he died. Born in Hollywood, Brenner attended North Hollywood High School and Stanford before serving as an apprentice editor on the 1985 film Radioactive Dreams.
In one of his last ever interview in 2021 published on ProVideoCoalition, Brenner said that his goal in editing a movie was always the same, no matter how big the movie is. He said: ‘The gigantic features may have elaborate action scenes involving a lot of footage and a lot of CG, which brings a host of editorial challenges.