Euphoria producer Kevin Turen’s ‘died from heart failure’ while at the wheel of his Tesla aged 44, his cause of death reveals

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By Robert Fofana

Kevin Turen reportedly died from heart failure while driving his Tesla, his cause of death has revealed.

Kevin, 44, known for his work on Euphoria and The Idol, died suddenly on November 12 while driving on a California freeway, TMZ previously reported.

He was driving his 10-year-old son when he had a medical emergency and his child had to steer the car – which was on autopilot – to the side of the freeway before dialling 911.

It has now been reported by TMZ that Kevin tragically died at the wheel of the vehicle as a result of multiple heart issues. 

The medical examiner reportedly listed his official cause of death as acute cardiac dysfunction and hypertrophic heart disease, while coronary artery disease was also added as another factor.

Euphoria producer Kevin Turen’s ‘died from heart failure’ while at the wheel of his Tesla aged 44, his cause of death reveals

Kevin Turen (pictured) reportedly died from heart failure while driving his Tesla, his cause of death has revealed

Kevin is survived by his wife of 11 years Evelina and their two sons, Jack and James. 

It was previously reported that Kevin suffered a medical emergency while driving his Tesla – forcing his 10-year-old son to take the wheel and steer them to safety.

Kevin’s father Edward and his friend Michael Heller told TMZ that he was driving his little boy home from a tennis tournament at the time.

They explained how Kevin’s car was on autopilot and his son had to steer the car over to the side of the freeway before dialling 911.

Edward confirmed his son’s death in a statement released to Deadline, saying: ‘Kevin was so incredibly special, this world is going to be less without him.’

Jay Penske, CEO of PMC and a close personal friend of Kevin, also released a statement.

‘Despite his many achievements in Hollywood, Kevin’s greatest passion was his family and friends,’ his statement began. 

‘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,’ he added. 

Kevin, 44, (pictured in February 2007) known for his work on Euphoria and The Idol, died suddenly on November 12 while driving on a California freeway, TMZ previously reported

Kevin, 44, (pictured in February 2007) known for his work on Euphoria and The Idol, died suddenly on November 12 while driving on a California freeway, TMZ previously reported

He was driving his 10-year-old son when he had a medical emergency and his child had to steer the car - which was on autopilot - to the side of the freeway before dialling 911 (he is pictured with his wife Evelina and one of their two sons)

He was driving his 10-year-old son when he had a medical emergency and his child had to steer the car – which was on autopilot – to the side of the freeway before dialling 911 (he is pictured with his wife Evelina and one of their two sons)  

‘Our collective heart breaks for them, and we all feel such a profound sense of loss,’ he continued. 

‘We will miss Kevin so much, and this town lost one of its brightest rising stars today,’ he concluded.

Kevin’ was born in Manhattan and studied cinema at Columbia University before starting his career.

He made his producing debut on the 2005 indie film Wassup Rockers from director Larry Clark. 

He would go on to produce a number of feature films including Operation Endgame, which was written by Euphoria creator Sam Levinson.

His other feature producer credits include Arbitrage starring Richard Gere, All Is Lost starring Robert Redford, and two more Levinson movies, Assassination Nation and Malcolm & Marie.

He most recently produced the Nicolas Cage and Pedro Pascal film The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, Mia Goth’s X and Pearl and HBO’s Euphoria and The Idol. 

Tributes have poured in from across Hollywood following news of Turen’s passing, with rapper Kid Cudi tweeting that the producer was ‘a great man and a homie.’ 

‘We had a lot we were gonna do together. Prayin for his family and everyone else that knew him. We’ll miss u brother,’ he said. 

British producer Cassian Elwes said the producer was ‘a good friend and true indie film maker’, adding: ‘I’m so sad. Hold your love (sic) ones close. Life is precious and fleeting.’ 

Kevin is survived by his wife of 11 years Evelina and their two children. The couple are pictured here in 2018

Kevin is survived by his wife of 11 years Evelina and their two children. The couple are pictured here in 2018

Kevin (center right) was a well known figure in Hollywood. He is pictured (L-R) with actor Andrew Garfield, actress Laura Dern, and director Ramin Bahrani in 2015

Kevin (center right) was a well known figure in Hollywood. He is pictured (L-R) with actor Andrew Garfield, actress Laura Dern, and director Ramin Bahrani in 2015

He also tweeted: ‘What people don’t realize is actually Hollywood is a small town. Everyone eventually meets everyone. The indie film circuit of people who consistently make indie films is even smaller. 

‘We all know each other really well because we are kindred spirits. We lost a very important person in our circle tonight.’ 

Oscar nominated producer Lynette Taylor said his death was ‘utterly tragic’ and ‘such a horrific loss.’ 

Kirsten Sage Coleman, a makeup artist who worked on both Euphoria and The Idol, took to her Instagram story and said, ‘Very said to hear this. Sending all of the love to the ones who need it’ 

In a tribute shared by one of Turen’s friends, Kirsten Smith, the producer was described as having ‘brought excitement and energy and warmth and laughter into every encounter.’ 

‘He knew more about movies than anyone I’ve ever met, but he wasn’t a know-it-all —he was a share-it-all. He loved sharing movies and great meals and his friends with each other,’ she said.  

‘He is survived by his lifetime love, Evelina, and their two sons, and he leaves a lasting legacy of beautiful ground-breaking cinema that he fought to make…and a swath of friends, all of whom are devastated. 

‘We love you, Kevin. And we can’t grapple with losing you because you were always there for all of us, bright-eyed and with that huge wonderful smile. I love you, Kevin.’ 

Kevin was best known as one of the producers on HBO's Euphoria, starring Zendaya

Kevin was best known as one of the producers on HBO’s Euphoria, starring Zendaya 

Kevin was also a producer on 2023 show The Idol, where he worked with musician and actor The Weeknd and Lily Rose Depp

Kevin was also a producer on 2023 show The Idol, where he worked with musician and actor The Weeknd and Lily Rose Depp 

Kirsten Sage Coleman, a makeup artist who worked on both Euphoria and The Idol, took to her Instagram story and said, 'Very said to hear this. Sending all of the love to the ones who need it'

Kirsten Sage Coleman, a makeup artist who worked on both Euphoria and The Idol, took to her Instagram story and said, ‘Very said to hear this. Sending all of the love to the ones who need it’

Kevin was said to have had a photographic memory and could remember every frame of film he’d ever watched.

Kevin’s wife Evelina is best known for her starring roles in films like That Awkward Moment, The Box and Arbitrage.

Kevin’s death is sadly the second tragedy to strike HBO’s Euphoria this year, following the tragic passing of star Angus Cloud.

The actor, who played loveable drug dealer Fezco in the beloved series, passed away at just 25 years of age due to an accidental overdose involving many different drugs.

Cloud had recently just come back from Ireland where he had to bury his father, with the death taking a hard toll on the actor.

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