Hollywood films editor David Brenner, who won an Academy Award for Oliver Stone’s Born on the Fourth of July, died on Thursday morning (February 17). He was 59. Born on the Fourth of July starring Tom Cruise in 1990 was one of the nine ventures Brenner collaborated with Stone. He is also known for his associations with filmmakers like Zack Snyder, Roland Emmerich, and was working on the post-production of James Cameron's upcoming Avatar 2. Tributes have been pouring in for Brenner on social media, with fans and peers in the industry expressing their condolences for the reputed film editor. 

Oscar-winning blockbuster director James Cameron, who collaborated with Brenner on his two upcoming Avatar sequels tweeted, "We have lost a very dear member of the #AvatarFamily, David Brenner, an editor extraordinaire on the Avatar sequels." He added, "Our hearts go out to his wife Amber and their children Annie, Haider and Sasha. His talent, compassion and friendship will be truly missed." 

Likewise, Independence Day director Roland Emmerich, in a Twitter post said that Brenner was "a beloved husband and father, as well as dear and very gifted friend."  Filmmaker Rob Marshall wrote, "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."

Zack Snyder, who worked with Brenner on his version of the Justice League, which premiered on HBO Max last year, including Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, paid his tributes on Vero and wrote, "devastated at the loss of my dear friend and collaborator David Brenner. He was a gifted artist and one of the kindest people I have ever known. He will be deeply missed. My heartfelt condolences go to Amber and his children during this difficult time."