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Brandon Truaxe, founder of Canadian cosmetics company DeciemAndy Vajna, Hungarian-American film producer

Business and Science

Brandon Truaxe (40) founder of the Canadian cosmetics company Deciem. News of Truaxe’s death came after a year of unusual behavior from the Deciem founder, much of which was displayed on social media. In Instagram posts on the company's account, Truaxe canceled the company’s marketing plans and partnerships. Executives began to leave the company in response to his odd behavior. Then, after a relatively quiet period, Truaxe announced in October 2018 that Deciem would shut down its operations, claiming that virtually all the company’s employees had been involved in “major criminal activity.” The investors interceded, asking a judge to remove Truaxe from the company to stop him from hurting the business. After he was removed, Truaxe’s odd behavior continued, up to and including the days immediately before his death in Toronto, Canada on January 20, 2019.

News and Entertainment

Andy Vajna (74) Hungarian-American film producer who worked on several Rambo movies with Sylvester Stallone, Total Recall with Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Madonna’s Evita. Vajna also produced many other films. He was owner of the TV2 Group, a Hungarian company that owns several TV channels, including TV2, one of Hungary's two main broadcasters and politically aligned closely with Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s government. Since 2011 Vajna had been a commissioner in the Orban government, in charge of developing Hungary’s film industry. Hungarian films have won several top prizes at recent international festivals. In 2016, Son of Saul, financed mostly by Hungary’s National Film Fund, won the Oscar for best foreign language film. Vajna died in Budapest, Hungary on January 20, 2019.

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