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Robbie Williams leads tributes for David Enthoven

By | Published on Friday 12 August 2016

Tim Clark & David Enthoven

Robbie Williams has led the tributes being made to artist manager David Enthoven, who has died after a short illness.

Enthoven enjoyed a long career in the music industry, launching his first business EG Records in 1969. In 1992 he co-founded ie:music with business partner Tim Clark (pictured above left with Enthoven), creating one of the UK’s key artist management companies, which is probably best known for managing Williams’s hugely successful solo career.

The singer broke the news of Enthoven’s passing on Twitter yesterday, saying: “My friend, mentor and hero passed away today. David Enthoven I love you RIP x”.

Meanwhile Clark told the Mirror: “David Enthoven represented great artists so successfully because he always put their interests first. His tenacity in fighting for artists’ rights is the stuff of legend. He pricked the pompous, had a nickname for everyone but was so generous and kind too. No wonder his artists and so many in the music business loved him”.

Earlier in his career, Enthoven spent a decade battling drink and drug addiction. In his later life he used those experiences to provide invaluable support to a number of artists facing similar challenges, something Clark also noted while paying tribute to his business partner.

Clark: “His legacy to the music industry is not in doubt. Just look at the stellar list of artists he represented over the years. What is much less well known is the unstinting help he gave to those who had taken a self-destructive path, for whatever reason – just as he had done all those years ago. He has been utterly selfless in that respect. He was my partner, my ally and my dearest friend”.

Both Enthoven and Clark have been active supporters of the Music Managers Forum over the years too, and the trade group also paid tribute last night, saying: “We are very sad that long time manager and MMF supporter David Enthoven has passed away today after a short illness. David will be remembered as a true friend, an exemplary colleague, a helpful mentor and a truly exceptional human being. Our thoughts are with all the artists and team he worked with at ie:music and of course his family. Big Hugs David. We will miss you”.