Atlantic Records co-founder Ahmet Ertegun is in a coma with brain injury due to a fall, according Reuters. Ahmet, the son of a Turkish diplomat is well-known for launching Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin to stardom. Dr. Howard Riina, his neurosurgeon, told Reuters in a telephone interview that the music industry legend “sustained a severe brain injury after a fall. He’s in a deep coma and in critical condition. His chance of a meaningful recovery is small.” Riina said Ertegun, 83, was on life support in a neurological intensive care unit at Weill Cornell Medical Center. Asked when a decision might be made about continuing to provide life support to Ertegun, Riina said, “It’s not clear at this point. He remains critically ill. He’s still very sick.” According to sources at the label, Ertegun fell on October 29 while attending a Rolling Stones concert. Ertegun Ertegun came to the United States at age 11 when his father was named Turkish ambassador. He founded Atlantic Records with Herb Abramson in 1947 and quickly turned it into one of the leading independent jazz and rhythm-and-blues labels.
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