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Ken Kragen, who helped organize 'We Are the World,' dies

Quincy Jones, Ken Kragen
Posted at 2:31 PM, Dec 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-17 17:31:12-05

NEW YORK (AP) — Ken Kragen, a top entertainment producer, manager and philanthropist who turned to such clients as Lionel Richie and Kenny Rogers in helping to organize the 1985 all-star charity single “We Are the World,” has died. He was 85.

A statement released by his family says Kragen died at his home in Los Angeles. “We Are the World,” co-written by Richie and Michael Jackson, sold tens of millions of copies and won Grammys for record and song of the year. Kagen later received a United Nations Peace Medal.

His other charitable works included the “Hands Across America” fundraiser, when a cross country human chain featured everyone from President Ronald Reagan to Yoko Ono to Robin Williams.