On Tuesday, April 26, 2011 Neil Portnow, President/CEO The Recording Academy® & Gabriel Abaroa President/CEO The Latin Recording Academy® released the following news statement on Producer John Cossette who died at age 54 on April 26th.
“It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to our dear friend and colleague, John Cossette. John was a remarkable live television producer — and most recently Broadway musical producer — with many credits and accolades to his name. However, it was his warmth, easygoing nature, passion for music and the arts, and tireless dedication to the GRAMMY Awards® and Latin GRAMMY Awards® that was unmatched. We were incredibly lucky to have benefitted from John’s creative guidance and leadership but more importantly, to have called him our friend. Our sincerest condolences and deepest heartfelt sympathiesgo out to his family and friends during this difficult time. He will be terribly missed.”
Also the Cossette Family released “We are deeply saddened to report that John Cossette, 54, has passed away. We ask that you please respect our privacy during this incredibly emotional time. We appreciate everyone’s love and support, and further details regarding funeral arrangements will be forthcoming in the next few days.” ~Rita Cossette, and daughters Maria and Rose Cossette.
Source: The Recording Academy