Grammy Awards producer John Cossette dies

Updated: Apr 27, 2011, 18:22 PM IST

London: Longtime Grammy awards executive producer John Cossette has died at the age of 54.

Cossette, the son of Grammy telecast founding producer Pierre Cossette, worked on music`s most illustrious ceremony for more than 20 years and was in charge of this year`s broadcast, reported BBC.

His death was confirmed in a statement by his wife Rita.

"We are deeply saddened to report that John Cossette, 54, has passed away. We ask that you please respect our privacy during this incredibly emotional time. We appreciate everyone`s love and support, and further details regarding funeral arrangements will be forthcoming in the next few days," the statement read.

Cossette also helmed the Latin Grammys, the Bet Awards and the Bet Hip Hop Awards, and worked on the Broadway musical Million Dollar Quartet, about the 1956 meeting of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis.

He is survived by his wife and two daughters, Maria and Rose.

PTI