LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess) — Josh Roth, who founded United Talent’s Fine Arts division, has died. He was 40.
A cause of death was not disclosed by UTA, but according to the Hollywood Reporter, a source at the agency said that the cause of his passing was heart failure.
Roth founded UTA Fine Arts in 2015 after six years as Chair of the Art Law Department at the law firm of Glaser Weil. During his tenure at UTA, he represented fine artists, photographers, mixed media artists and others in the contemporary art world.
Most recently, Josh helped conceive and open the UTA Artist Space which features works by artists such as Thomas Downing, the Haas Brothers, Petra Cortwright, Derrick Adams and three upcoming exhibitions by noted Chinese artist Ai WeiWei.
“Josh was a dear man and a great colleague, and we are devastated by his loss. His friendships and contributions were deeply felt. He constantly inspired his colleagues and those he represented with his impeccable taste, thoughtfulness, creativity, and absolute dedication. Most importantly, Josh was a wonderful man—devoted to his family, kind in spirit, and generous in every way. UTA is heartbroken,” UTA Chairman Jim Berkus and CEO Jeremy Zimmer said in a press statement.
While Roth focused on the fine arts, he came from a family with a background in the entertainment world. His father was Steven Roth, who co-founded Creative Artists Agency.
Josh is survived by his wife, Sonya, and their children Anabel, Colette, and Henry.