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Steve Tisch Lost His Daughter Hilary Who Suffered from Depression — What to Know about Her

Manuela Cardiga
Aug 13, 2020
08:00 A.M.
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Steve Tisch's daughter designer and philanthropist Hilary Tisch passed away at the age of 36.


Steve Tisch, President of the NFL New York Giants is mourning the passing of his daughter Hilary Tisch at the age of 36, on August 10, 2020.

An official cause of death has yet to be announced by the family, but it is known that Hilary suffered from depression and had attempted suicide over the weekend.

Hilary was a volunteer at Operation Smiles, an organization that provides free surgery all over the world to adults and children born with life-threatening and disfiguring cleft lips and palates

Steve Tisch and Hilary Tisch at Saks Fifth Avenue’s Unforgettable Evening Benefitting EIF’s Women’s Cancer Research Fund in Beverly Hills | Source: Getty Images

Steve Tisch and Hilary Tisch at Saks Fifth Avenue’s Unforgettable Evening Benefitting EIF’s Women’s Cancer Research Fund in Beverly Hills | Source: Getty Images



Hilary Tisch is only the latest in the rising number of victims of depression who take their own lives after battling with the devastating disease, sometimes for years.

This beautiful, creative, talented, and compassionate young woman passed away in hospital, a devastating loss to her friends and family. Father Steve Tisch stated:

"It leaves a hole in our hearts and our lives. She, like so many others, bravely fought the disease of depression for as long as she could. We love and will miss her dearly."



Hilary was all about beauty. A collector of antique jewelry, she was also a geologist and a jewelry designer. She was one of the original co-founders of the fashion brand Doen along with a group of 7 friends.


The brand, which offers a collection of romantic vintage-inspired dresses for everything from everyday wear to weddings, had Hilary as its fashion consultant, and she was the exclusive photographer for the brand's catalog.



Hilary was a volunteer at Operation Smiles, an organization that provides free surgery all over the world to adults and children born with life-threatening and disfiguring cleft lips and palates. Steve has been a life-long supporter of Smile, and Hilary had traveled all over the world with the mission.



The outpouring of grief and condolences over Hilary's death has been overwhelming, from friends of the Tisch's, NFL players, and people all over the world touched by her compassion. The Tisch family made an appeal to the media:

"Our family is utterly heartbroken and is mourning its tragic loss. We ask for privacy during this very difficult time."


Steve is the owner of 50% of the Giants, and co-owner John Mara spoke on behalf of his own family and the team, extending their condolences and their own grief at the death of the young woman who had touched so many lives.



Steve Tisch, even though he was born into the fabulously wealthy New York Tisch family, forged his own path as a successful film producer of movies like "Risky Business," with Tom Cruise, "The Burning Bed," with Farrah Fawcett, the iconic "Forrest Gump," with Tom Hanks, "The Pursuit of Happyness," with Will Smith and many more.


Hilary was one of 5 siblings. She and her brother William were born to Steve and his first wife, Patsy. After his divorce from Patsy, Steve married actress and philanthropist Jamie Leigh Anne Alexander with whom he shares three children, Elizabeth, Holden, and Zachary.

The Tisch family has always been intensely private, and no less is expected at this time of grief. The family has yet to announce the date for a memorial service or funeral for Hilary, but it is likely that both will be private, for close friends and family only.



Hilary's friend and co-founder of Doen, Katherine Kleveland, posted a heartbroken tribute on Instagram. accompanied by a photo. Kleveland expressed her love and her grief for her friend's untimely passing and wrote:

"My beautiful hilly, you are at peace in your own perfect paradise. I love you and will always hold you wrapped so tight in my heart. (...) You were one of a kind and the most precious."


Childhood friend Allie Furlotti also took to Instagram and posted a gallery of snaps of herself and Hilary dating from early childhood. She captioned it:

"I know you are in your paradise after a long battle with the cruelties life served you and i bet it looks just like the empresses room in neverending story."

Furlotti later shared a still from the film "Neverending Story," showing the pristine, enchanting room of the Childlike Empress, captioned simply and poignantly: "She here."

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. Other international suicide helplines can be found at befrienders.org.

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