Media exec Ossie Mills has passed away

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Jamaican media executive, Ossie Mills passed away suddenly at his home in Oklahoma, USA on Tuesday evening.

He was 58.

Mills apparently suffered a heart attack and passed away while being transported to hospital. He is survived by his wife and three children.

At the time of his death, he was reportedly president and CEO of tvChaz, a faith-based streaming entity.

The son of Salvation Army Officers, Mills was the last of six siblings. He attended the Wolmer's Boys' School in Kingston and was an accomplished Manning Cup goalkeeper between 1976 and 1978. He played an integral role in that school's 1976 Walker Cup victory.

Upon leaving sixth form at Wolmer's, Mills migrated to the United States and worked in media, management, marketing communications, content creation and distribution both for profit and nonprofit organizations in the Christian community. He was appointed to leadership roles in television, production, marketing, interactive communications and commerce development.

Mills served as an executive vice president at ORU from 2011-2018, where he took on the duties of executive director of Empowered 21, CEO of GEB America TV Network and vice president of marketing and communications.

Mills previously served as executive vice president of Inspiration Networks & Ministries.

Mills was also president/CEO of Belmont Mills Entertainment, which provided family content for networks like ESPN, A&E, Discovery, Fox Family Channel, Hallmark, TBN, FamNet, INSP and ION.

He was also a board member of Convoy of Hope and Next Generation Institute and served on the Forest Hill Council of Elders and the board of advisers for Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary.

He was a member of the National Religious Broadcasters, Direct Marketing Association and Empowered 21 Global Council.

Mills was reportedly awarded 3 Emmy Regional awards, 10 Telly Awards, 2 Cable Aces, 15 Angel Awards, 3 International Communicator Awards, a CBA Impact and Dove Award for his work in media.