Atlantic Records Co-Founder Ahmet Ertegun Slips Into Coma

Ahmet Ertegun,

the famed pioneering co-founder of Atlantic Records, is in a coma after sustaining

a serious injury to his brain after a fall. Ertegun,

83, lapsed into a deep coma after he fell on Oct. 29 while attending a Rolling

Stones concert. Ertegun

is currently on life support at Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York. Ertegun

founded Atlantic Records with Herb Abramson in 1947 with just $10,000. Ertegun,

along with his brother Nesuhi Ertegun and Jerry Wexler, helped revolutionize popular

music by releasing legendary artists like Ruth Brown, Ray Charles, Eric Clapton,

Otis Redding, Joe Turner, Led Zepplin, John Coltrane, The Coasters, Aretha Franklin

and numerous others. The

label is now owned by Warner Music Group. Atlantic has recorded and released numerous

rappers over the years, like 2Pac, Lil' Kim, Junior M.A.F.I.A., Sean "Diddy"

Combs, T.I., Juvenile, Sean Paul and others. Ertegun's

influence was felt in early Hip-Hop as well, notes Ruthless Records cofounder

Jerry Heller. Heller

credited Ertegun as being responsible for the Ruthless Records release of J.J.

Fad's single and album "Supersonic," the first Hip-Hop album to sell

gold for any label in the Warner Music Group fold."Ahmet

has brought integrity, vision, style and class to the music business," Heller

told in a statement. "A giant among mere mortals. His presence

will be sorely missed by those of us who had the privilege of knowing him."