Music mogul AHMET ERTEGUN died in a New York hospital yesterday (14DEC06). He was 83.
The founding chairman of Atlantic Records never recovered after sustaining a head injury in a fall backstage at a Rolling Stones concert at the Beacon Theatre in New York City on 29 October (06).
His neurosurgeon, DR HOWARD A RIINA, says, "Mr Ertegun suffered a severe brain injury after he fell in October. He was in a coma and passed away with his family at his bedside."
The Turkish-born Ertegun founded Atlantic with his brother NESUHI, HERB ABRAMSON and producer Tom Dowd in the late 1940s with a view to record the sounds of black America.
Ertegun quickly became the shining talent of the new label, doubling as a songwriter and issuing a number of singles himself.
He's also responsible for launching the careers of soul greats Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin.
Ertegun will be buried in a private ceremony in his native Turkey. A memorial service will be conducted in New York in the New Year (07).