Longtime Canadian label executive Roger Desjardins died yesterday (April 25) of unknown causes at his home in Toronto. He was 61.

Longtime Canadian label executive Roger Desjardins died yesterday (April 25) of unknown causes at his home in Toronto. He was 61.

Desjardins joined Warner Music Canada (then WEA Canada) in 1970 in Montreal. He left the company for a short period of time before rejoining in 1974. In 1978, Desjardins transferred from Montreal to the label's headquarters in Toronto to assume the newly created position of artist relations manager.

He held that position until his retirement from Warner Music Canada in 2001. For three decades, Desjardins was revered in Canada's music industry for his deft handling of artists. He had long-standing friendships with many of Warner's acts, including Rod Stewart and the late Freddie Mercury.

Desjardins will be buried in Montreal later this week.