He died at the age of 78 but little details of his passing were made available at the time WENN went to press.
The director of photography was born in Wisconsin in 1933 and he went on to lend his artistic talents to a number of hit films, including Footloose, Sylvester Stallone thriller Cobra, Patrick Swayze drama Red Dawn and Eddie Murphy's 48 Hrs.
Remembering her late pal with a post on Twitter.com on Sunday (19Feb12), The First Wives Club star writes, "My dearest friend Ric Waite Passed away yesterday. The movie industry lost one talented dr of photography, I lost a beloved soul mate. RIP"