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Cool Runnings screenwriter Michael Goldberg dies aged 55

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Image caption Cool Runnings was a worldwide box office hit

Michael Goldberg, the writer, director and producer best known for the screenplay for Cool Runnings, has died at the age of 55.

Goldberg, who had been suffering from brain and sinus cancer, passed away on 2 October.

His other work included Snow Dogs with Cuba Gooding Jr and Little Giants starring Rick Moranis and Ed O'Neill.

The 1993 comedy Cool Runnings was loosely based on the 1988 Jamaican Olympic bobsled team.

It starred John Candy as the team's coach.

Goldberg co-wrote the screenplay with Lynn Siefert and Tommy Swerdlow.

He also enjoyed a career in theatre, acting and directing in numerous off-Broadway and regional productions.

Goldberg gained a fine arts degree from Carnegie Mellon and a master's degree from the University of Michigan before moving to Hollywood in the late 1980s.

He is survived by daughter Kayla, brother Mark, sister Randi and parents George and Dorothy.

The funeral will take place on October 6 in Philadelphia.

A Los Angeles memorial is expected to take place at a later date.

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