Emmy-Winning Producer Denise Cramsey Dies of Brain Aneurysm

Also worked on “True Beauty,” “School Pride”

Denise Cramsey, who won back-to-back Emmys in 2007 and 2008 for executive producing "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," has died of a brain aneurysm.

Cramsey, who died Tuesday, was 41, friends said. Her credits included the new "School Pride," on NBC, "True Beauty," on ABC, and "Home Edition," which ran on ABC from 2004 to 2008. She also executive produced "Expedition Inspiration," a documentary about recovering from breast cancer.

"It is with tremendous sadness that the immediate and extended family of Denise Cramsey is confirming her death yesterday due to a brain aneurysm suffered in the morning," her family said in a statement.

"At Denise’s side were her fiancé Scott, best friend Risa and brother Billy. Continuing the spirit of charity and kindness that embodied Denise, her organs will be donated. We thank everybody for their thoughts and prayers and words cannot express our sadness with the loss of Denise."

A Philadelphian until her move to Los Angeles in 2003, Cramsey was a dedicated Pittsburgh Steelers fan and avid hiker, mountain climber, according to her "Expedition Inspiration" biography. She listed her greatest personal accomlishment as summitting Nepal's Kala Pattar — an altitude of 18,500 feet. 

She created and ran "True Beauty" alongside Tyra Banks and Ashton Kutcher, and in 2008 executive-produced a pilot for "Live Like You're Dying," with Mark Burnett and Jeff Probst, for CBS.

She began her TV career working on such TLC shows as "Medical Detectives," "A Baby Story," and "A Wedding Story" from Philadelphia. She went on to lead "Trading Spaces" for more than 100 episodes.

She joined the executive staff of "Home Edition" in 2004, rising to show runner in 2006. She was nominated for seven Emmys in all, four of them for the show.