Franco Giordani, a Grammy winner with a 25-year career as a producer, engineer and mixer who worked with such artists as regional Mexican star Joan Sebastian, died Monday, according to his publicist. He was 45. The cause of death could not be immediately confirmed.

Giordani's many credits include José José's "En las Buenas Y en las Malas," Los Tucanes de Tijuana's "Me Gusta Vivir de Noche," Lupillo Rivera's "Rey de las Cantinas," Valentin Elizalde's "Soy Asi," Akwid's "La Novela" and Los Pikadientes de Caborca's "Vamonos Pa'l Rio," among many others. Giordani was recently working in the studio on music by Juan Rivera and Cumbre Norteña.

Giordani won both a Grammy and a Latin Grammy for his work on Sebastian's 2002 album "Lo Dijo el Corazon." In a joint statement, Recording Academy president/CEO Neil Portnow and Latin Recording Academy president Gabriel Abaroa said, "Franco Giordani spent his 25-year musical career as a sought-after engineer and producer. A musician who found a passion in audio engineering, he worked with artists such as Graciela Beltran, Pedro Fernandez, José José, and Joan Sebastian. Giordani's expertise and contributions to the recording industry will be greatly missed, and our thoughts go out to his family and friends as we mourn the loss of a true talent.”

A funeral will be held Friday, April 23 at the Angeleno Mortuary, 5948 Van Nuys Blvd., in Van Nuys, Calif. from 4 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to his wife, Cristina Villasenor, or sent to 10821 Haskell Ave., Granada Hills, Calif. 91344.

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