Producer Quincy Jones rushed to hospital with ‘shortness of breath’

82-year-old Jones was taken to hospital in LA for chest pains

Quincy Jones, the music producer famed for his work with Michael Jackson, was rushed to hospital last night (September 17) after experiencing chest pains.

The 82-year-old music producer fell ill at his home in Bel-Air, LA and an ambulance was called at 1.20pm.

As reported by TMZ, a representative for the legendary producer commented, “Quincy had some shortness of breath and in an abundance of caution he went in for observation. He is fine.”


Quincy Jones counts 27 Grammy Awards among his achievements. The musician, composer and producer has worked with Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin and more. He is best known for his work with Michael Jackson, producing the albums ‘Thriller’, ‘Bad’ and ‘Off The Wall’.

At the start of the year, Jones spoke at length about his work with Jackson to students at Loyola Marymount University’s School of Film & TV in LA.

Jones recounted listening to over 800 songs before choosing the ones that would make it onto Jackson’s seminal ‘Thriller’ album and recalled the making of the video.

“Michael had no idea what we were doing there, man, with ‘Thriller’,” he said. “You know, with Vincent Price there and Edgar Allan Poe narration, and stuff like that. There’s crazy stuff on there. And people didn’t get it until, I’d say, eight months later.”

He also spoke about first meeting Jackson. “I met him when he was 12 at Simon Davis’s house, but that was just cause he was on The Ed Sullivan Show. But I really met, knew him, and got to know him when we did The Wiz. I used to call Michael ‘Smelly,’ because he wouldn’t say ‘funky.’ He’d say ‘smelly jelly.’ And so they’d say, ‘Who’s in the studio? I said, ‘Smelly, Worms, and Mouse.’