‘SNL’ Veteran Reportedly Dies From Coronavirus Complications

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Saturday Night Live’ music supervisor, Hal Willner, has passed away.

Hal Willner, Grammy-winning record producer, and 40-year’ Saturday Night Live’ veteran has died from Coronavirus complications, according to Variety and Rolling Stone. Willner died one day after his 64th birthday.

On March 28, Willner hinted to a possible Coronavirus COVID-19 diagnosis. The musician tweeted a U.S. map of coronavirus outbreaks with the New York City area highlighted in red. “In bed on Upper West Side,” he tweeted. “I always wanted to have a number one, but not this.” 

Willner is a legend in the music industry. He has worked with a wide range of artists, including  Faithfull, Laurie Anderson, Debbie Harry, Iggy Pop, Lou Reed, Keith Richards, Henry Rollins, Tom Waits, Lucinda Williams, Allen Ginsberg, and William S. Burroughs. He is also known for directing many all-star tribute projects.

In the 80s, Willner joined ‘Saturday Night Live’ as the series’ music supervisor. His Twitter bio reads, “So-called music producer & Saturday Night Live sketch music guy since Raging Bull debuted, ‘Another One Bites the Dust’ [was] a hit & Kim Kardashian was born. Oy vey.”

Many celebrated mourned the musician including Judd Apatow who tweeted, “Some people are such a gift to the world.  They just put good stuff out there and make our lives better.”

Ben Stiller also tweeted, “Hal was a part of so much of the music and pop culture comedy we have all enjoyed for years. He was kind and extremely cool. So sorry to hear this. Sending love to his family.”

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