Milton Everett Olin Jr has died after being struck and killed by a sheriff's patrol car whilst cycling in the 22000 block of Mulholland Highway in Calabasas. The 65 year old US music industry veteran was the former chief operating officer of Napster and was involved in their high profile law suit where he sought to defend the burgeoning music service against the major record labels. Olin was a prominent entertainment attorney for Altschul & Olin LLP, which he co-founded, and had been practising law since 1975.
Belgian-born soul/R&B singer Cole Williams, aka Martijn Teerlinck or The Child Of Love, has died aged 26. NME reported that his death it was due to complications following surgery and that Williams had lived all his life with a severe heart defect.
We were shocked to hear of the death of Addison Cresswell, who has died aged just 53. He died in his sleep. Addison represented some of the UK's biggest comedians including Jonathan Ross, Lee Evans, Jo Brand, Michael McIntyre and Jack Dee: having been an entertainment officer at Brighton Polytechnic where he studied, he decided to start his management company, Off The Kerb, some 32 years ago, revolutionising British comedy. His TV production company, Open Mike, was behind popular TV shows such as Live At The Apollo and he initiated and organised the annual Channel 4 Comedy Gala in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital for children. He leaves behind his wife, Shelly.
And just as sad was the passing of Allan McKeown who produced a string of TV hits including Auf Weidersehen Pet and Birds of a Feather, and a number of successful shows for his wife, comedian Tracey Ullman, including The Tracey Ullman show (which launched The Simpsons) and Tracey Takes On for US TV, created indie producer SelecTV, and produced several stage shows including Jerry Springer: The Opera and Lennon. Allan was 67. He is survived by Tracey, and children Mabel and John. A good man.