Michael Lewis opens up about daughter’s death in Tahoe crash


Michael Lewis, author of The Bay Area “Moneyball,” “The Blind Side” and “The Big Short” has opened up about the loss of his daughter.

Dixie Lewis, 19, and her boyfriend Ross Schultz, 20, were both pronounced dead at the scene of a head-on car accident in May near Truckee, California.

“A hole has blown into our lives,” Lewis said about Andrew Sullivan to the Dishcast podcast on Friday. “The question is what do you grow in that hole and how do you grow in that experience.”

Student vehicles were traveling north on State Route 89, on the road from Lake Tahoe to Truckee, California Highway Patrol told SFGATE at the time. The cars crossed in the southbound line and collided head-on with a truck. Details of the cause of the accident are still unknown. “Nobody drank, nobody knows why they crossed a yellow line and went straight to a truck,” Lewis said.

Lewis described the grieving process as “tedious,” but “less tedious than it was a month ago.”


“I’ve asked myself why I feel so depleted,” Lewis said, “and I think it’s because I think your mind maps a kind of reality at any given time and you kind of have an imagined future , and that child is in the future. “

Dixie Lewis, whose mother is photographer and former MTV correspondent Tabitha Soren, graduated from Berkeley High School and has just completed her first year at Pomona College. Her boyfriend Ross Schultz finished his second year at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

Lewis said he is “going through the hardest thing I’ve ever been through,” and that his life has been “permanently changed.”

“It’s interesting to be admitted as a citizen of the grieving kingdom,” Lewis added. “Your mind is already working to prepare you for the death of your parents and from a very early age you kind of think that’s going to happen.”

Lewis is one of the most celebrated nonfiction writers in America today. His work includes “Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game,” which was adapted into the 2011 Oscar-nominated film. Lewis also wrote “The Blind Side: The Evolution of a Game” (2006) and “The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Car” (2010), both of which have been adapted into acclaimed movies.

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