Billboard.biz is sad to report that Rich Fitzgerald has died Monday after a battle with esophageal cancer.
A veteran label executive, he held posts at Reprise and Warner Bros. Records and played a large role in the success of the Bee Gees, Eric Clapton, Yvonne Elliman, the "Saturday Night Fever" soundtrack and many others during his stint as head of promotion for RSO Records during the 1970s and early 1980s, according to All Access. He joined Warner in 1983 and moved over to Reprise in 1987, where he worked with Chris Isaak, Green Day, Alanis Morrisette, Clapton and many others. He continued working with Clapton until his death.
His wife, Mary Prout Fitzgerald, posted this message:
"I am sorry to say that our lovely Rich passed away yesterday afternoon (8/15). As you know, we were able to bring him home with hospice, so he was able to go peacefully, wearing his Jimi Tee, listening to his favorite music, and lay in the arms of our children, Hunter and Sloane, and myself. I'll keep you posted on funeral arrangements, as we are doing that today."
Billboard.biz sends our condolences to Rich's family and friends. We will have more information as it becomes available.