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Michael Jackson's former publicist dies

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Aug 22, 2013 | 10:06pm EDT

Norman Winter, a publicist who represented music icons including Michael Jackson and Bob Dylan, has died. Winter passed away on Thursday (22Aug13) in Las Vegas due to complications from Lewy Body disease. His family declined to reveal his age, but he was believed to have been in his 80s. He worked closely with the King of Pop to promote his legendary Thriller album, and also helped Jackson acquire some of the The Beatles' song catalogue and negotiate his endorsements with Pepsi. Throughout his career, Winter also worked with a whole host of music greats such as Neil Diamond, Dr. Dre, Garth Brooks, Paul Anka, Queen, Barry White, AC/DC, Marvin Gaye, Usher, Billy Joel, and Jackson's sister Janet. Jackson's longtime attorney John Branca says, "We are so sad to hear of the passing of our dear friend Norman Winter. Norman was a unique, one of a kind character who was dearly beloved. He was of great help and service to Michael and our team during the Thriller period." Winter is survived by his wife Joy, daughters Jennifer and Elizabeth and brother Alfred, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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