'Saturday Night Live' music supervisor Hal Willner dies at 64, had coronavirus symptoms but wasn’t diagnosed

Music producer and longtime Saturday Night Live music supervisor, Hal Willner died on Tuesday. He was 64. A representative for Hal, Blake Zidell confirmed the news of the passing and said that Hal had symptoms that were consistent with those caused by the coronavirus, but he had not been diagnosed with the virus.

For the uninformed, Wil had a colourful career and had selected music for skits on Saturday Night Live since 1980. He also produced albums for Lucinda Williams, Lou Reed and Marianne Faithfull, who incidentally is being treated for the coronavirus in a London hospital.

In addition to this, Hal also produced a live tribute concert in New York for Tim Buckley in 1991. It was the same concert that helped launch the career of Tim's son, Jeff, who performed at the event. Coronavirus has seemed to take Hollywood by a storm, a day before Hal's passing, Jaws actor Lee Fierro died at age 91 due to health complications caused by the coronavirus. 

According to Fox News, the death of the actor was confirmed by her friends to the local news portal Martha’s Vineyard Times. "The one word I would think of when I think of Lee is dedication. I’ve watched her as a performer, director, and businesswoman and then we became friends," said artistic director Kevin Ryan. For the uninformed, Lee spent a good 25 years as an artistic director at the Island Theatre Workshop Martha’s Vineyard besides playing a role in Steven Spielberg’s Jaws, according to Hollywood Reporter. The veteran actor is survived by five children.