NEW YORK (CelebrityAccess) – Jim Bessman, a journalist and music critic who spent more than two decades with Billboard, as well as other music professions such as Cashbox, died Tuesday. He was 68 years old.

According to Variety, Bessman died on Tuesday in New York from an aneurysm. Bessman has also battled other health issues, including cancer and heart failure, and was hospitalized with COVID-19 in December.

Bessman’s passing was also reported by publicist, label manager and longtime friend Bob Merlis, who in a social media post said: “The great Jim Bessman left this deadly reel earlier in the week. daytime. To say he will be missed is an understatement of the highest magnitude. He inhabited a universe where artistic brilliance, political integrity and physical achievement were celebrated in the deepest and most articulate way possible. We celebrate it now and let each day remind us that the Bessman Bash continues in our hearts. He knew he was loved even though he couldn’t admit it.

A native of Wisconsin, Bessman dropped out of high school to pursue a career in music journalism and after moving to New York City he was hired by Cashbox and then Billboard, where he covered music publishing and wrote a regular column. about writing songs.

He then launched a career as a freelance writer for numerous music publications while also covering music and political news as well as cultural commentary on his personal blogs CenterlineNews.com. and JimBessman.com.

Bessman was known for his advocacy for independent artists and played a key role in the careers of artists such as Lisa Loeb and the Ramones.

Additionally, in the heyday of the physical product, Bessman wrote sleeve notes for over 80 CDs as well as two books, “Ramones: An American Band” and “John Mellencamp: The Concert at Walter Reed”.

After the announcement of his passing, many friends and colleagues expressed their grief at his passing via social media.

“It’s a punch. I’ll miss you Jim. Such a wonderful guy. A true fan of polka music especially Eddie Blazonczyk. We enjoyed our last visit a few years ago to New York while recording the Pops docu. We will miss you, ”said Steve Popovich.

“So many memories over the years. We could always count on Jim to support a client when we came to New York. Remember a Fan Fair and him wearing a Bob Merlis pin. It’s hard to imagine he’s gone, ”added music publicist Alison Auerbach.