Craig Zadan died at the age of 69 after complications stemming from a shoulder replacement surgery. He was a producer for the Oscars and produced the Oscar-winning movie “Chicago”.
NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt shared the sad news.
“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,” he said 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 films, theatre, and television productions — several of them joyous musicals — was taken away so suddenly,” the statement continued.
“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 oversaw the live Acadamy Awards broadcast from 2013 to 2015 and has shared his talents with NBC’s live musicals The Sound of Music, Peter Pan, The Wiz and Hairspray.