Frank Rochman, a veteran independent distributor, passed away April 10 in Fort Lauderale, Fla., due to complications from heart trouble, emphysema and cancer. He was 68.

Rochman co-founded Dulteh, Ga.-based Rock Bottom Dist. with partner Jeff Scheible 25 years ago. The company worked with such labels as Mardi Gras, Delmark, Landslide Record, Taragon Records and CMH. Rochman worked from his Fort Lauderale home, selling some accounts like Alliance Entertainment Corp. and serving as label liaison.

Prior to Rock Bottom Rochman had been a branch manager with Trans Con and Tone Distributors, two long-defunct wholesalers.

"There will be a two hour service on Saturday at a private room on a Fort Lauderdale golf course, which is perfect, if you knew Frank," Schiebel reports. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations in Rochman's name to the American Lung Assn.

Rochman is survived by three children, Rachael Tim and Aly.