UPDATE: CBS, which carries the Grammy Awards, issued a statement from Jack Sussman, EVP specials, music and live events. “On behalf of everyone at CBS, our thoughts and prayers go out to John’s wife Rita, daughters, Maria and Rose and the entire Cossette family,”  Sussman said. “I was fortunate to work with him for several years and call him a friend. Having taken over for his father, who created the Grammys, he will forever be connected to the television event he worked so hard to make Music’s Biggest Night.”

PREVIOUS: John Cossette, who executive produced more than a dozen Grammy Awards telecasts, including this year’s edition, has died. He succeeded his father, Pierre Cossette, who brought the Grammys to television. John Cossette Productions also exec produced several BET Hip Hop Awards and BET Honors telecasts, as well as the current Broadway musical Million Dollar Quartet.

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