The accident responsible for Ertegun's current state took place October 29 at a Rolling Stones concert on Broadway in New York City; Ertegun, who is 83, slipped while coming out of a rest room, and fell down a flight of stairs. He has been in an intensive care unit ever since.
Ertegun's surgeon, Dr. Howard Riina, said "His situation is very critical....His recovery, speaking medically, does not look possible. He may be able to live for a while on support units. But his will does clarify that he does not want to live this way. The final decision, however, will have to be made by his wife Mica." Mice Ertegun, meanwhile, has said that when her husband dies, she wants to bury him in Istanbul's Uskudar neighborhood, where his family already has a large plot in a cemetary there.
Ahmet Ertegun is the son of former Turkish Ambassador to Washington, DC, Munir Ertegun. Born in Istanbul in 1923, Ahmet Ertegun formed Atlantic Records with his brother, Nesuhi Ertegun in 1947, borrowing 10 thousand dollars from a family friend. With a reknowned talent for selecting performers who would become famous, Ertegun worked with names like Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis, Herbie Mann, the Rolling Stones, Otis Redding, Eric Clapton, Bette Midler, John Coltrane, Tori Amos, and many many others.