MTV’s 120 Minutes host Lewis Largent has died aged 58 after a long illness
MTV 120 Minutes host and KROQ-FM DJ Lewis Largent dies at age 58 after long illness
MTV’s 120 Minutes host Lewis Largent has died at the age of 58.
Star – who was also a DJ at California radio station KROQ-FM – died on February 20 after a long illness, his family has now confirmed.
He is survived by his wife, Atlantic Music Group Chairman and CEO Julie Greenwald, and two children.
MTV’s “120 Minutes” focused on the latest alternative rock and electronic music of the early and mid-’90s.
He also worked for MTV as VP of Music Programming, interviewing artists such as David Bowie, Trent Reznor, Radiohead, Björk and Smashing Pumpkins.
Sad news: MTV’s 120 Minutes host Lewis Largent dies aged 58, his family says
Tragic: The star, who was also a DJ at California radio station KROQ-FM, died on February 20 after a long illness
He also worked as a radio DJ for KROQ and Senior A&R at Island Def Jam Records.
He got his start in the music industry with an internship at Los Angeles alternative rock radio station KROQ.
He began working at the station full-time in 1985 and was promoted to music director in 1989.
In 1995, Lewis stepped down from presenting 120 Minutes for MTV, but continued to work as a programmer for MTV until 1999 before joining Island Def Jam Records as Senior Vice President of A&R.
He went on to sign acts including Sum 41 and Andrew WK.
He left the label in 2004.
His role as host was then assigned to Matt Pinfield.
After hearing the news of Largent’s death, he tweeted on Friday: “I am completely devastated. I loved Lewis very much. I am at a loss for words.”
Family: He is survived by his wife, Atlantic Music Group Chairman/CEO Julie Greenwald, and two children (Davis Bowie Interview)
Shock: His lead role has been assigned to Matt Pinfield. After hearing the news of Largent’s death, he tweeted on Friday: “I am completely devastated. I loved Lewis very much. I’m at a loss for words”
Fellow MTV artist John Norris, who was also a correspondent for MTV News, tweeted: “Not gonna lie, I’ve always wished I was as cool as Lewis and he couldn’t be more laid back, humble and kind “.
Elsewhere, SiriusXM host and Largent’s KROQ colleague Doug ‘Sluggo’ Roberts said: “It’s great to think we’ve lost Lewis Largent.
“LewMonkey, as I called him, couldn’t have been more welcoming when I first joined KROQ at one of its coolest stages (thanks in large part to him) and he quickly became a good friend. RAVE my brother!’
After a career in the music industry, he earned a degree in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence College, according to Variety.