Atlantic Records co-founder Ahmet Ertegun is in a coma after injuring his brain in a fall, his doctor said yesterday (Dec. 11).

Atlantic Records co-founder Ahmet Ertegun is in a coma after injuring his brain in a fall, his doctor said yesterday (Dec. 11). 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."

Atlantic Records said Ertegun fell on Oct. 29 while attending a Rolling Stones concert at New York's Beacon Theatre and was hospitalized with a head injury.

Ertegun, a jazz fanatic who came to the United States at age 11 when his father was named Turkish ambassador, founded Atlantic Records with Herb Abramson in 1947 and quickly turned it into one of the leading independent jazz and rhythm-and-blues labels.

Their early client list included legendary performers like Professor Longhair, Ruth Brown, Joe Turner, Erroll Garner and Dizzy Gillespie. Ertegun also helped Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, saxophonist John Coltrane and Led Zeppelin became stars.


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