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Legendary Music Executive Charles Koppelman Passes Away at 82

Charles Koppelman, the hit-making record executive who was the head of EMI Records, as well as Martha Stewart and Steve Madden’s companies has died. He passed away at the age of 82.

The Chairman of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia left for the heavenly abode on Friday. Continue reading further to know the reason behind the death of the pioneering music executive.

What was the reason behind the death of Charles Koppelman?

The sad news of Charles Koppelman’s death was confirmed by his son Brian, showrunner of Billions, and daughter Jenny Koppelman Hutt. As of this moment, the exact cause behind the death of the music executive has not been disclosed. A source has told Page Six, that Charles passed away after a long illness and he spent his last days surrounded by friends and family.

On Friday, Brian took to his Instagram page to pay a heartfelt tribute to his dad. He posted a sweet snap of himself and his dad on the social media platform Instagram. Brian started by writing, “I’ll write more about my dad, Charles Koppelman, when I can. But the only thing that matters is how much I loved him.” 

Koppelman talked about his dad and went on to say, “And how much he taught me about every single thing that matters. He lived exactly the life he wanted to live. And he spent his last days surrounded by those he loved the most. Pop, thank you.”

Charles’ daughter Jenny Koppelman Hutt announced the heartbreaking news of her dad’s passing away on Facebook as well as Instagram. She wrote, “With a very heavy heart, we want to share that our beloved father, pop-pop, and best friend Charles Koppelman passed away peacefully earlier today surrounded by his entire family. His larger-than-life presence will be with us forever.”

Here’s all you need to know about Charles Koppelman

Charles Koppelman was an American musician, music producer, and businessman. He was born on March 30, 1940, in Brooklyn, New York. He was brought up in a raised Jewish family. He was the son of Ruth and Irving Koppelman.

Charles’ career in the entertainment industry and beyond was all things legendary. He kicked off his career as a singer, part of the legendary Aldon Music staff under CEO Don Kirshner that included Carole King, Neil Sedaka, Barry Mann, and Cynthia Weil. He shot to fame after starting a band called The Ivy Three.

Soon after, Koppelman moved to CBS Records in the year 1970 and held various positions like Vice President/National Director of A&R where he signed acts including Billy Joel, Dave Mason, Janis Ian, Journey, and Phoebe Snow.

Charles, Bandier, and Stephen C. Swid formed SBK Entertainment World, Inc., in 1986. They sold SBK to EMI Music in the year 1989 for a whopping $300 million. Charles served as chairman of Steve Madden, Ltd. from 2000 to 2004. Soon after, he became the chairman of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. Then, in 2011, he shifted to different ventures.

We send our deepest condolences to the friends and family members of Charles Koppelman during this hard time. May his soul rest in peace. Don’t forget to stay tuned with us for the latest updates from the world of showbiz.

Meenal Mehta
Hi, I am Meenal. I'm a travel enthusiast, a movie buff and a cricket fan all wrapped in one. I love to capture moments through my words. Writing is my happy space, it has been a great way of putting all my thoughts out and feel liberated.


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