Renowned Promotion Ace, MJ Manager Frank Dileo Passes
August 24, 2011 at 10:43 AM (PT)
REVOLVER MARKETING GROUP exec LARRY STESSEL has informed ALL ACCESS that legendary record executive and former MICHAEL JACKSON manager FRANK DILEO passed away earlier TODAY. DILEO had been in a coma for an extended period of time following heart surgery.
DILEO, born OCTOBER 23rd, 1947, started in the business doing promotion. As VP/National Promotion for EPIC, he oversaw a string of massive hits which brought the label to prominence. The most notable success was MICHAEL JACKSON's Thriller; the singer eventually hired him to be his personal manager, a relationship that lasted until 1989 -- although DILEO reclaimed those duties in 2009.
DILEO also appeared in the films GOODFELLAS, WAYNE'S WORLD and WAYNE'S WORLD 2.
Funeral arrangements have yet to be finalized.