The Headquarters of PiercingMetal.com were saddened to learn of the death of legendary and beloved record industry executive Bill Aucoin. He died due to surgical complications and was battling prostate cancer. He was 66 years old. Below the photo, which we love as it shows a man of strength and vision, you will find the official press release on this sad news. We received this from one of our most worked with publicists, Carol Kaye, who is someone that keeps our readers in content based on how many articles we have written about her clientele.
“William Aucoin, beloved record industry executive, manager, entrepreneur, and creative visionary, passed away this morning, Monday, June 28 at 9:11am EST at the Aventura Hospital and Medical Center in Aventura, FL. Born December 29, 1943, Bill was battling prostate cancer, and passed away from surgical complications.
The man known for masterminding the career of the world-renowned group KISS, Bill Aucoin also managed Starz, Toby Beau, Billy Squier, Billy Idol, and numerous other artists. His most recent venture is Aucoin Globe Entertainment, which he founded in 2007 (www.aucoinglobe.com). In its three years, Bill and his company developed bands in the US and around the world. He leaves behind his boyfriend of fifteen years, Roman Fernandez, and two sisters Betty Britton and Janet Bankowski.
Although I never was blessed with the opportunity to meet the man, I certainly admired the work he put into the band KISS when they were an up and coming outfit. I am pretty certain that his efforts on their behalf was the main reason that so many of us knew of them, and found them to be their favorite band of them all. His visionary guidance was also obviously helpful to the talented Billy Idol and Billy Squire. On behalf of PiercingMetal.com, we wish condolences and heartfelt wishes to all of his friends, family and anyone else whose life Bill touched. It is without question that he was a one in a million type of personality as its pretty safe to say that the words “beloved” and “record company executive” don’t usually find themselves in the same sentence. Bill Aucoin was a rare breed and let’s hope that his memory inspires others to work like he did.
Rest In Peace Bill. Say hello to Ronnie James Dio and Peter Steele for me. Learn more about Bill’s life by checking out his Wikipedia Entry HERE.