Iconic sports entertainment producer, Don Ohlmeyer, who was popular as one of the original producers of Monday Night Football, dies at the age of seventy-two.
Ohlmeyer's family first announced the news about his death via a statement that read-
"It is with heavy hearts we share that Don Ohlmeyer, our beloved husband, father and grandfather, has passed away at age of 72 due to cancer. Surrounded by loved ones, he died peacefully at his home in Indian Wells.''
Soon after ESPN learned the news about former NBC west coast president Ohlmeyer’s death, they released a statement which stated-
"Don was a legendary television executive who always sought innovative ways to tell stories and captivate audiences. His groundbreaking work on ABC's Monday Night Football helped turn that franchise into a primetime television hit. He cared deeply about the TV industry and contributed to ESPN in many meaningful ways throughout the years. Our condolences to his loved ones."
Similarly, NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt said-
"Don Ohlmeyer was a towering figure in sports and entertainment who had an indelible impact both on NBC and our industry. His legacy will live on not only because he is directly responsible for some of the biggest hits in television -- 'Friends,' 'ER' and 'Will & Grace' to name a few -- but also because he brought NBC to a new level of classy, sophisticated programming of the highest quality which we all still aspire to achieve today.''
In the history of television, Ohlmeyer enjoyed one of the most successful careers, which ranged from producing ABC’s “Monday Night Football” to guiding NBC to No.1.
In Ohlmeyer’s professional career, he was active in entertainment and sports programming since 1967 as an executive producer, producer, director, and writer.
Moving onto his personal life, he is survived by his wife, Linda Jonsson. He was previously married to Dossie Mahaffey and Adrian Perry with whom his marital relation ended in divorce.
Talking about his children, he has four sons; Drew Ohlmeyer, Chris Ohlmeyer, Todd Ohlmeyer and Kemper Ohlmeyer. He also has nine grandchildren.
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