Sharon Osbourne and her husband Ozzy mourned the passing of rock ‘n roll merchandising legend Dell Furano, who was a “great friend” to them.
The cause of death for Furano has not yet been revealed, but he was 69 when he passed. Variety reports that Furano co-founded Winterland Productions and later Epic Rights, a brand management company. He worked with high-profile artists such as John Lennon, the Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Led Zeppelin, Coldplay, Justin Timberlake, Jay-Z, Maroon 5, and Aerosmith.
Furano apparently once told Billboard that merchandising used to be “not cool” when he first started out.
“In the ’70s, it was not cool selling merchandise, so we had to be careful,” Furano said. “Groups would say, ‘OK, you can sell, but don’t embarrass us. Stand in a corner.’”
Since then, Furano’s made his mark on artists and bands across several genres. He also became close friends with several of them, including Sharon Osbourne and her husband, Ozzy.
“Deeply saddened by the loss of our dear friend Dell Furano. He was a truly honorable man and will be greatly missed,” Sharon Osbourne tweeted late yesterday. She included a picture of Ozzy and Furano grinning together.
Ozzy Osbourne tweeted the same picture. He captioned the post, “So sad to hear of the passing of Dell Furano. He was a legend in the merchandising business, a great friend. And above all, a true gentleman. Much love and respect to his wife and family.”
Motley Crue manager Allen Kovac also spoke of Furano’s passing with warmth and sorrow, per Variety. “Dell was a trailblazer in the merchandising world. Always smiling as if he had a special gift, something new he would to bring you didn’t know you needed.”
Kovac, along with the Osbournes, won’t be the last to pay tribute to the merchandising legend.
Sharon Osbourne Moves on From ‘The Talk,’ Along With Other Co-Hosts
Sharon Osbourne left the midday talk show “The Talk” back in March after she got into a heated argument with one of her co-hosts, Sheryl Underwood.
Apparently, the two disagreed on controversial comments made by Piers Morgan about Meghan Markle. The argument took place both on and off-set, causing producers to investigate the incident. They later reported that Osbourne left the show of her own volition.
Carrie Ann Inaba left not long after this past August. She took a brief break this past April for her health, and she then decided to extend that leave and move forward with her next project. In a statement, Inaba said, ” I am grateful for the opportunity I had to grow with the entire Talk family as well as truly connect with viewers on such a personal level. I will miss ‘The Talk’, but I am excited for the next chapter both for myself and for the show.”
Now, Elaine Welteroth left as well, leaving the show with another host spot to fill. She told Entertainment Weekly, “It was an absolute honor for anyone, but especially a young Black woman, to occupy space on-air where our perspectives are largely underrepresented… I will miss my talented co-hosts and crew and I wish them the very best. Thanks to all those who tuned in every day.”