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Grammy-Winning Producer Phil Ramone Dead at 79

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 18:  Producer Phil Ramone attends Lupus Foundation of America Butterfly Gala 2012 at Gotham Hall on October 18, 2012 in New York City.  (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for The Lupus Foundation Of America)

Legendary music producer Phil Ramone died from complications related to a recent heart surgery, his son Matt told the AP. The fourteen-time Grammy Award winner was born in South Africa, studied at The Juilliard School as a teenager, and opened his own recording studio by age twenty. He eventually came to be known as the "Pope of Pop" for his work with Burt Bacharach, Bono, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Quincy Jones, Madonna, Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Billy Joel, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand and Paul Simon over the years. 

Photo: Larry Busacca/2012 Getty Images