Warner Music Japan Pres./CEO Takashi Yoshida Dies
October 11, 2010 at 2:21 PM (PT)
WARNER MUSIC JAPAN Pres./CEO TAKASHI YOSHIDA has died at 48; numerous Japanese media report thay authorities suspect suicide as the cause of death as he was discovered hanging at his home in NERIMA WARD, TOKYO. He was taken to hospital but pronounced dead on arrival.
WARNER MUSIC ASIA PACIFIC Pres. LACHIE RUTHERFORD issued the following statement: "Words cannot express how shocked and saddened we are at the passing of our dear friend and colleague TAKASHI YOSHIDA. Our deepest sympathies are with his family at this difficult time.
"For those of us who were fortunate enough to work closely with him, the loss is profound. TAKASHI was one of the true visionaries of the Japanese music industry. Throughout his illustrious career he was responsible for discovering, signing, and developing some of JAPAN's biggest acts, and had a unique ability to forge strong and lasting partnerships with artists. Not only did he understand and inspire them, he also worked tirelessly for their success. TAKASHI's untimely passing is a tragedy for all who knew him and Japan's music scene is a poorer place without him. I count myself privileged to have worked alongside him and will always remember our collaboration as one of the most rewarding of my career. He will be greatly missed."