Montreux Jazz Festival founder in coma after fall while skiing
In this July 15, 2011 file photo Swiss Claude Nobs, founder and director of the Montreux Jazz Festival, speaks during the closing press conference during the 45th Montreux Jazz Festival, in Montreux, Switzerland. (AP Photo/Keystone, Laurent Gillieron, File)
Published Monday, January 7, 2013 12:35PM EST
GENEVA -- 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.