January 29, 2022

Ken Kragen dies “peacefully” at the age of 85

Ken Kragen and his wife Cathy attend the 43rd Golden Globe Awards in 1986 (Photo:.)

Bee Gees manager Ken Kragen has died aged 85.

The television and film producer, who also directed Lionel Ritchie and co-hosted the 1985 charity single We Are The World, died of natural causes Tuesday at his home in Brentwood, Calif.

A spokesperson said he died “peacefully” and was surrounded by family members.

Kragen has worked in the music and entertainment industry for many years managing other well-known celebrities including Kenny Rogers, Olivia Newton-John and Burt Reynolds.

His wife of 43 years, actress Cathy Worthington, said: “To have been married to someone of such character and kindness is the honor of my life. “

His daughter Emma Kragen added: “While I am of course extremely proud of everything he has accomplished professionally, he was also the best father I could ask for. “

Ken died surrounded by his loved ones (Photo:.)

A graduate of Harvard Business School, Kragen has helped create and organize historic humanitarian projects, including We Are the World and Hands Across America.

He received the United Nations Peace Medal for these projects, making him one of the few private citizens to receive this honor.

Kragen led the successful disco group the Bee Gees (Photo :.)

He also received two MTV Awards, an American Music Award, several Emmy nominations, the Manager of the Year award from the Conference of Personal Managers and was the only individual to be elected president of the Country Music Association and from the Academy of Country Music.

Kragen was born on November 24, 1936 in Alameda, California.

Spokeswoman Cheryl J Kagan said, “We ask that the Kragen family be given the opportunity, in this time of loss, to grieve in private. “

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