Music exec Charles Koppelman dies at 82

Charles Koppelman, the well-known music executive, has died at the age of 82, Variety reports

Koppelman is said to have passed away on Friday. No cause of death has been provided.

But, Page Six reports, “a source told Page Six that Koppelman died after a long illness and spent his last days surrounded by friends and family.”

“With a very heavy heart”

The announcement of Koppelman’s passing was announced on social media by members of his immediate family.

His daughter, Jenny Koppelman, wrote on Facebook:

With a very heavy heart, we want to share that our beloved father, pop-pop, and best friend Charles Koppelman passed away peacefully earlier today surrounded by his entire family. His larger-than-life presence will be with us forever.

Koppelman’s son Brian, the co-creator of the show Billions, posted his own message on Instagram.

He wrote:

I’ll write more about my dad, Charles Koppelman, when I can. But the only thing that matters is how much I loved him. And how much he taught me about every single thing that matters. He lived exactly the life he wanted to live. And he spent his last days surrounded by those he loved the most. Pop, thank you.

Remembering Koppelman

Koppelman’s career in the music industry spanned some five decades, starting off as a singer with the band The Ivy Three before moving on to become one of the top publishers.

As Variety reports:

It is no overstatement to say that Koppelman was one of the most formidable industry executives of the past 50 years. Over the course of his decades in the music business, Koppelman worked with everyone from Barbra Streisand and the Lovin’ Spoonful to Prince and Vanilla Ice.

Koppelman did take a brief pause from the music industry in the late 1990s after leaving EMI. At the time, he worked with, among others, Steve Madden and Martha Stewart, becoming the chairman of the Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia.

But, it wasn’t long before he returned to the music industry and continued to work with some of the biggest names, including Jennifer Lopez, Nicki Minaj, and many others.

In addition to Brian and Jenny, Koppelman is survived by his daughter Stacy Koppelman Fritz, his wife Gerri Kyhill Koppelman, and his seven grandchildren, who were, reportedly, “the center of his life.”

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