- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 26, 2011

LOS ANGELES (AP) - John Cossette, the longtime executive producer of the Grammy Awards, has died at age 54.

The Recording Academy and Cossette’s wife, Rita, confirmed his death in a statement but did not elaborate. She said the family appreciated “everyone’s love and support, and further details regarding funeral arrangements will be forthcoming in the next few days.”

Cossette, the son of Grammy telecast founding producer Pierre Cossette, worked on the Grammys broadcast for more than 20 years.

His other credits included the Latin Grammys, BET Awards and BET Hip Hop Awards. Cossette’s theatrical work included the musical “Million Dollar Quartet” about the 1956 meeting of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis at Sun Studios, which is currently on Broadway.

He is survived by his wife and two daughters.

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