John “J.J.” Jackson, who in the 1980s helped usher in the music video era as one of the first MTV on-air personalities died of an apparent heart attack Wednesday. He was 62.
Jackson, a longtime radio station disc jockey, died while driving home from dinner in Los Angeles, friends and colleagues said.
In a statement, MTV said Jackson’s love of music and good humor helped set the tone for the cable music network in its formative years. “He was a big part of the channel’s success and we are sure he is in the music section of heaven, with lots of his friends and heroes,” the network said. “He will be greatly missed.”