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Elton John World News: A Pair of Losses For The Entertainment World

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Wednesday 27 April 2011 @ 16:24 - GMT

The son of the Grammy show's  founding producer, Pierre Cossette, has died.

John Cossette worked on the broadcast for more than 20 years.

He also was involved with the Latin Grammys, the BET Awards and the musical Million Dollar Quartet, now running in London and on Broadway.

In a statement, his widow Rita said the family appreciated "everyone's love and support."

Million Dollar Quartet, which dramatises a famous 1956 recording session attended by Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis, opened in the West End in February.

Cossette's other credits include the grand re-opening of New York's Radio City Music Hall in 1999.

Neil Portnow, president of the Recording Academy, said Cossette's "warmth, easygoing nature, passion for music and the arts and tireless dedication" were "unmatched."

"We were incredibly lucky to have benefitted from John's creative guidance and leadership but, more importantly, to have called him our friend."

The 54-year-old is survived by his wife and two daughters. No cause of death was cited.

Another man who impacted showbiz was Bijan Pakzad.

When he emigrated to the U.S. from Iran in 1973, he immediately decided to cater to wealthy patrons. Bijan got his wish, atracting names like Elton, Larry King, David Geffen, Steven Spielberg, Steve Wynn and Prince Charles.

He considered his line of fragrances, including DNA and Michael Jordan, his most profitable business ever, although his apparel and jewelry also sold well.

Bijan died after suffering a stroke. He was 67 years old.

He is survived by three children from two marriages.

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