Craig Zadan (above, right), the Oscar-winning producer of "Chicago" and the co-producer of three Academy Awards telecasts, has died. He was 69.
Deadline has an official statement regarding Zadan's death from NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt: “It is with profound sadness that I am announcing the passing of my dear friend and colleague Craig Zadan, who died of complications following shoulder replacement surgery."
"On behalf of his life partner, Elwood Hopkins, and his producing partner, Neil Meron, we are stunned that the man behind so many incredible film, theatre, and television productions -- several of them joyous musicals -- was taken away so suddenly. Craig’s distinguished career as a passionate and consummate producer is eclipsed only by his genuine love for the thousands of actors, directors, writers, musicians, designers, and technicians he worked with over the years. His absence will be felt in our hearts and throughout our business.”
Zadan oversaw the production of five live musicals for NBC, including "The Sound of Music" and "Peter Pan." He and Meron were at work on a "Hair" revival, slated for 2019.
Zadan and Maron also produced three Oscars telecasts for ABC, including Ellen's famous 2014 ceremony -- which set an all-time ratings record of 43.74 million viewers.
In addition to "Chicago," Zadan and Maron's feature credits include the remake of "Footloose" and the big-screen musical remake of "Hairspray."