*LOS ANGELES, CA — Hollywood writer and publicist Damian Bruce, of ESP Public Relations, died Sunday morning at Cedar Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, CA. He was 51.
Damian’s wife and partner, Edna Sims Bruce, announced his death this morning.
“He went out peacefully as I played his favorite Earth Wind & Fire song, I held his hand, and danced with him to Glory,” she said.
Born in Philadelphia, PA., Damian was a journalist who got his start in 1980 writing for The Capitol Spotlight in Washington, D.C., where he attended Howard University. After moving to Los Angeles in 1988 , he became an art consultant, expert in the graphic works of surrealist artist Salvador Dali, but continued to freelance as a feature writer for newspapers and magazines.
In 1994, Damian met his future wife, Edna. A year later the two married. In 1997, Damian joined his wife in ESP Public Relations as her business partner, adding his excellent writing and communication skills to the dynamic duo.
ESP PR’s client list includes: Actors Debbie Allen, Don Cheadle and Ellia English, Radio One Founder, Chairperson of the Board Cathy Hughes, comedian Katt Williams, Kim Kardashian’s watch collection, rappers Snoop Dogg and Mannie Fresh, The Ford Motor Company Fund, American Women in Radio & Television’s “The Gracie Awards”, singer James Ingram, musician Wayne Linsey, Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins, director Spike Lee, MTV Networks, singer Janet Jackson, Naomi & Wynonna Judd, musician Wayman Tisdale, Sheila E, Twista, Jeff Majors, Experience Hendrix (Jimi Hendrix’s Record Company), Crenshaw Christian Center, Dr. Creflo Dollar, QDIII (Quincy Jones’ son), David Talbert, Xenon Pictures, former NBA star Gary Payton, Oscar nominated director Karolyn Ali, ASCAP, singer Buju Banton and many others.
Damian also wrote feature articles for Sister 2 Sister, Upscale, Black Diaspora & BRE Magazines and was known as one of the best interviewers in the entertainment industry. His interviewing and writing skills so impressed author Michael Eric Dyson, that Dyson included Damian’s interview with him as a chapter in his 2007 book “Debating Race,” Chapter 27, entitled “Poor Excuse: Cosby and the Politics of Disgust.”
In 1998 Damian expanded his talents into television when MTV came calling. MTV brought ESP Public Relation’s Real Deal Showcase to television in the form of the highly popular daily talent show The Cut hosted by the late Lisa Lefteye Lopes. Damian was Director of Talent. The Cut ran for a full season on MTV running into the spring of 1999. After the show wasn’t picked up, Damian went back to publicity work full time.
Damian spent his spare time traveling with his beloved wife Edna. The two traveled to France, China, Senegal, Africa, Japan, Brazil, Belize, Jamaica, The Bahamas, Canada, The Gambia and every major city in the United States.
Damian is survived by his devoted wife of 16 years, Edna Sims Bruce, five brothers: Michael, Kevin, Gerald, Christian, Beverly; two sisters: Geralyn and Imelda, sister-in-laws Jai, Diane, Donna and Sheila; and brother-in-law Art.
A Celebration of Life memorial service will be held Friday morning, February 18, 2011. For additional details on the Celebration of Life contact Tanya Kersey, [email protected].