GoFundMe Set Up For Music Industry Veteran Duane Hobson, Son Gary Following Tragic Loss

Duane Hobson, a longtime Sony Music employee (1998-2016) and industry veteran, tragically lost his wife, Julie Hardy Hobson, on July 14, following a valiant fight with cancer. She was 35 years old.

The Hobsons were a loving couple and parents to an adorable three-year-old son, Gary, and Duane is now faced with the daunting task of raising Gary as a single parent.

“Duane worked with me in A&R for the majority of his time at Sony,” recalls Renee Bell, former Executive VP of A&R at Sony Music. “He was the glue for our department. He was my right hand “go-to” man. Am heartbroken Gary and he are having to go through this tragic loss.”

A GoFundMe campaign has been started by Bell and Whitney Daane to help Duane be able to take the time needed to grieve and also help his little boy, Gary, transition to their “new normal” without his mother. $5,665 of the $20,000 goal had been raised as of Wednesday evening (July 29).

Former Sony Music Chairman & CEO Joe Galante adds, “Duane has always been hard-working, creative, fun; and, he has a great heart. He will need all the help his friends and family can provide, having lost Julie: his partner, friend, wife and the mother of his son. It’s up to all of us to provide whatever help we can.”

To donate, visit gofundme.com.

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