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Jerry Sharell, a music industry veteran who played a role in the careers of The Carpenters and Joe Cocker, among others, was held hostage and attacked Sunday night at the home of his girlfriend.
According to a family member, Sharell — who hosts a weekly show, Sundays With Sinatra, on Los Angeles radio station KJazz — was at his Woodland Hills residence of 40 years when, according to KABC, his girlfriend’s ex-husband arrived with flowers and a machete around 8 a.m. He held the couple hostage for more than three hours before turning violent, stabbing both Sharell and himself.
“Sometime during that time, the new boyfriend had been stabbed repeatedly, and then the suspect turned the weapon on himself and stabbed himself,” LAPD Sgt. Jeff Nuttall told KABC.
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The woman also was injured when she tried to stop the attack. She was able to escape and called authorities. Police said she had a restraining order against her ex-husband for a history of domestic violence.
Sharell, who suffered stab wounds to his neck and head, was rushed to the hospital, where he is said to be in critical but stable condition. He is in his 70s.
The suspect, who has not been identified, was arrested and taken to the hospital. He also is in critical but stable condition, having apparently slit his wrists.
Both men are expected to survive.
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Sharell has served as president and CEO of nonprofit organization Society of Singers and has held positions at WEA Corp., the MusiCares Foundation, Westwood One Inc., MCA Home Video and A&M Records. He has worked with David Geffen as well as artists such as The Eagles, Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne, Carly Simon, Joni Mitchell, The Cars, Queen and Motley Crue, according to his bio.
Sharell co-executive produced the Grammy-nominated 2004 Ronnie Milsap album Just for a Thrill.
Sharell’s three children are currently with him at the hospital: Janine, a producer on E!’s Fashion Police, Jerry Joseph, Communications Director at the Recording Academy and Jeffrey, an auto shop owner in the OC.
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