Prominent Hollywood Figure Michael Latt Fatally Shot in Apparent Random Attack
Michael Latt, Hollywood advocate and marketing leader, tragically shot in a random attack.
Michael Latt, a well-known marketing consultant and social justice advocate with strong ties to Hollywood, met a tragic end on Monday. The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) reports that Latt was shot inside his residence by a woman, in what appears to be a random act of violence.
Law enforcement sources reveal that the LAPD received a call around 6 p.m. alerting them to a shooting at Latt's residence in the 900 block of Alandele Avenue. Upon arrival, officers discovered Latt with a gunshot wound to his head. Despite swift transportation to a hospital, he succumbed to his injuries.
Preliminary investigations indicate that the assailant, identified as 36-year-old Jameelah Elena Michl, entered Latt's home without permission. Michl, reportedly living in her vehicle nearby, was promptly arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder and is currently held in custody on a $3-million bail.
Latt, the Chief Executive Officer of Lead With Love, an entertainment marketing consulting firm he founded in 2019, was recognized for his commitment to elevating Black creatives and other underrepresented voices in Hollywood. The son of film producer Jonathan Latt and Michelle Satter, the founding senior director at the Sundance Institute, Michael Latt's untimely death has sent shockwaves through the industry.
Michelle Satter, Latt's mother, shared the heartbreaking news on X, stating, "Our beloved son Michael Latt fell victim to a tragic act of violence this week." She emphasized Latt's dedication to supporting artists and championing organizations that uplifted artists of color.
Our beloved son Michael Latt fell victim to a tragic act of violence this week. Michael devoted his career to supporting artists, championing organizations that raised up artists of color, & leveraged storytelling for enduring change. We celebrate his legacy, love & compassion. pic.twitter.com/AlhuNNBWXZ — Michelle Satter (@SundanceSatter) November 29, 2023
Condolences poured in from hundreds of colleagues, friends, and collaborators as news of Latt's death spread. Actor Jesse Williams, commenting on Latt's final Instagram post, expressed, "Devastating loss — Michael was a shining beacon of selfless kindness and consistency."
The Sundance Institute, where Latt previously worked, issued a statement on behalf of the Latt family, acknowledging his significant contributions. "He dedicated his career to serving others, employing storytelling, art, and various mediums to create enduring change and galvanizing communities with hope, love, and inspiration," the statement read.
As Hollywood grapples with the loss of Michael Latt, his legacy as a tireless advocate for positive change in the entertainment industry is expected to endure through the impact he made throughout his career.