Producer Kathy Wetherell died

Kathy Wetherell, a reality show producer with wide-ranging credits, died in a car accident before Christmas.

Variety reports that she “was killed in an automobile accident Dec. 20 in Arizona,” and that “[s]he is survived by her husband, parents, brother and nephews.” A memorial service is being held today in Hollywood.

Wetherell’s credits include everything from The Bachelor 12 to Love Cruise to Kill Reality (which is listed in a separate IMDB profile). Variety says she also worked on Road Rules, Making the Band, Flavor of Love, and Charm School.

Phoenix ABC affiliate KNXV’s report of the accident identifies her age as 22 (Variety says 48), but says that her car “crashed head-on into a tour bus” and that she “might have been trying to avoid an animal when she veered into the path of the bus.” The station says that “[13] people on the bus were treated for some type of injury” and “three are said to be in serious condition.” A police spokesperson said “[i]t was the heroic efforts of the driver of the tour bus who was able to keep the bus from going off the road and rolling over.”

Reality guru Kathy Wetherell dies [Variety]
Bus crash kills 1, injures 13 northwest of Valley [KNXV]

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