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Tower Records Founder Russ Solomon Dies at 92

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Tower Records founder Russ Solomon at the Los Angeles premiere of "All Things Must Pass" on Oct. 15, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Gravitas Ventures/AP Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 06 March 2018 04:07 PM

Tower Records founder Russ Solomon died of an apparent heart attack at age 92 at his home Sunday night, his son Michael Solomon confirmed to the media.

Solomon was watching the Academy Awards on TV at his home in Sacramento when he had the heart attack, his son said, Deadline reported.

"Ironically, he was giving his opinion of what someone was wearing that he thought was ugly, then asked (his wife) Patti to refill his whisky," Michael Solomon said. He was already dead by the time she came back with the whisky.

Solomon started Tower Records in 1941 in his father's drugstore in the Tower Theater building, and eventually grew the business from one location to more than 300 locations in 15 countries, Deadline reported.

Tower Records locations became a hangout for music lovers where they could talk to others and discover new music. Locations frequently had live bands at events that were attended by promoters, record company executives and radio and television personalities, The New York Times reported.

The rise of digital music led to a bankruptcy filing in 2004 and liquidation in 2006. After trying one more time with R5 Records at his original location, he later sold that store and retired to enjoy painting and photography, Deadline reported.

Michael Solomon said that no funeral was planned, but that a private party would be held for friends to remember him, Deadline reported.

Twitter contained many messages about Solomon's life and legacy.

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Russ Solomon, founder of Tower Records, died at his home Sunday of an apparent heart attack at age 92, his son Michael Solomon said.
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