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Report: 'Extreme Makeover' creator Howard Schultz dies

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Howard Schultz, founder and CEO of Lighthearted Entertainment, died on Monday. He was 61.

Schultz, whose company created shows such as Dating Naked and Extreme Makeover, died unexpectedly while on vacation with his family, according to Deadline.

After beginning his career at an ABC Chicago affiliate, in 1992 Schultz created Lighthearted Entertainment, which spawned Bedroom Buddies, The Smarter Sex, and Happy Hour, to name a few of its shows. As recently as a month ago, Schultz sold a new reality competition series, Twinning, to VH1. In the series, which will premiere this summer, 12 sets of twins will put their genetic connections to the test.

There’s no word yet on Schultz’s cause of death. Lighthearted Entertainment remains in the hands of co-owners Rob LaPlante and Jeff Spangler.

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