Kenneth "Kaz" Smith, a music manager at DreamWorks SKG who worked on such Oscar-winning films as "American Beauty," "Gladiator" and "Shrek," died May 3 at his Los Angeles home after a yearlong battle with brain cancer. He was 43.
Smith worked in the music department at DreamWorks from 1999-2008, then became a creative manager for film and TV licensing at EMI/Capitol Records. He also freelanced as a music supervisor on various independent movies under his company High Volume.
Other film credits include "Madagascar," "Over the Hedge" and "Kung Fu Panda."
Smith served in the Air Force during the Gulf War.
Survivors include his wife Niva, his mother Linda, his father Ray, his stepfather Clarence, his stepmother Patricia, his sister Michele, his stepsisters Bonnie, Crystal, Joanne, Paris and Patrice, and his stepbrothers Wendell and Clarence Jr.
The family asks that contributions in his name be made to the Cancer Support Community Benjamin Center in Los Angeles; the American Brain Tumor Association; or the National Brain Tumor Society.