Montreux Jazz founder in coma from ski fall

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Claude Nobs

Claude Nobs, founder and CEO of the Montreux Jazz Festival (AP Photo)

GENEVA (AP) — The Montreux Jazz Festival says its founder and general manager Claude Nobs has been hospitalized in a coma due to a cross-country skiing injury over the holidays.

The summer music festival says 76-year-old Nobs fell while skiing and underwent surgery at the university hospital in Lausanne, where he has remained unconscious and requires further testing to determine how to proceed.

A statement Monday from the festival said its planning will continue with its secretary general, Mathieu Jaton, assuming Nobs’ responsibilities.

Swiss newspaper Le Matin reported Nobs has been in a coma for two weeks since the accident on Christmas Eve, while he was cross-country skiing near his home in the village of Caux, near Montreux, at the eastern end of Lake Geneva.

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