Nick Raynes, a grandson of former 20th Century Fox owner Marvin Davis and a nephew of producer John Davis, died Friday morning in New York City. He was 33.
Raynes, a movie producer and actor who worked on short films and documentaries, was found unresponsive in a residence on East 65th Street in Manhattan, a NYPD officer confirmed. No foul play is suspected, and a medical examiner did not reveal a cause of death.
Raynes was said to be producing a biopic of jazz legend Miles Davis that was to be directed by Soul Food‘s George Tillman, Jr.
Marvin Davis was the Denver oilman who bought Fox in 1981 and sold it four years later to Rupert Murdoch for a profit reported to be more than $300 million. The billionaire also owned the Beverly Hills Hotel and the Pebble Beach golf course around that time
He and his wife Barbara — the founder of the star-studded Carousel of Hope Ball, which funds Type 1 diabetes treatment and research — were married from July 1951 until his death in September 2004, when Forbes estimated his fortune at $5.8 billion.
Raynes was one of the Davis’ 16 grandchildren.