Jazz Festival Founder In Coma After Fall While Skiing

GENEVA (January 7, 2013)—Claude Nobs, 76, the founder and general manager of the Montreux Jazz Festival, was hospitalized and in a coma Monday after suffering a cross-country skiing injury over the holidays, the festival said.

Nobs fell while skiing and underwent surgery at the university hospital in Lausanne, where he has remained unconscious, the festival said.

He’ll undergo further testing to determine how to proceed.

A statement Monday said the festival 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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