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Tower Records Founder, Russ Solomon Dies While Drinking Whiskey And Watching The 2018 Oscars


The founder of Tower Records, Russ Solomon died while drinking alcohol as he was watching the 2018 Oscars on Sunday night.

The visionary entrepreneur who built a global retailing empire and the most famous company in Sacramento history died an apparent heart attack at the age of 92.

Solomon was watching the Academy Awards ceremony Sunday night at his Sacramento-area home when he was stricken, said his son, Michael Solomon, the former chief executive of Tower.

“Ironically, he was giving his opinion of what someone was wearing that he thought was ugly, then asked (his wife) Patti to refill his whiskey,” Solomon said.

When she returned, he had died.

No funeral or memorial is planned, Michael Solomon said. Instead, the family will hold a large private party for his myriad friends.

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