Gregg Hoffman, the Twisted Pictures partner and producer and a keycreative force behind the Saw horror franchise, died from natural causes in Los Angeles onSunday. He was 42.

Hoffman served as president of production at Twisted, where heproduced Saw, Saw 2, Catacombs and Silence. Most recently he was working on Crawlspace and Saw 3.

Prior to Twisted Pictures, Hoffman worked at Disney, where he roseto become senior vice president of production and was instrumental in theacquisition, development and production of such projects as George Of TheJungle and Sweet HomeAlabama.

Born in Arizona, Hoffman was a Dean's List graduate from AmericanUniversity in Washington DC. He started out in entertainment as a story editorbefore embarking upon his writing and producing career.

Donations in Gregg Hoffman's name can be made by calling HabitatFor Humanity on 310 323 4663. Memorial information will be announced shortly.

He is survivedby his wife Lucienne, four-year-old son Luke, eight-year-old son Jared, motherStephanie and sister Tracy.