Craig Zadan, Oscars & 'Chicago' Producer, Dies at 69

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Producer of the Oscar show Craig Zadan, photographed on Feb. 5, 2013 in Los Angeles.

The producer, who was behind best pic winner 'Chicago' and NBC's 'Smash', died of complications following shoulder replacement surgery.

Craig Zadan, producer of the Oscars and Oscar-winning film Chicago, has died. He was 69.    

“It is with profound sadness that I am announcing the passing of my dear friend and colleague Craig Zadan, who died of complications following shoulder replacement surgery," said NBC's Bob Greenblatt on Tuesday. "On behalf of his life partner, Elwood Hopkins, and his producing partner, Neil Meron, we are stunned that the man behind so many incredible film, theatre, and television productions — several of them joyous musicals — was taken away so suddenly. Craig’s distinguished career as a passionate and consummate producer is eclipsed only by his genuine love for the thousands of actors, directors, writers, musicians, designers, and technicians he worked with over the years. His absence will be felt in our hearts and throughout our business.”   

Zadan produced movies, television projects and Broadway musicals, including the Oscar-winningChicago and this year's Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert.   

More to come.    

This article was originally published by The Hollywood Reporter.


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