(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Longtime fan, then biographer and finally manager of The Doors, Danny Sugerman died on January 5 in Los Angeles after a long battle with lung cancer at age 50. He first met the quartet when he was 14 and cut school often to hang out in their office and answer their fan mail, He wrote about the band in "Wonderland Avenue" and co-wrote with Jerry Hopkins the Jim Morrison biography "No One Here Gets Out Alive." He became the group's manager in the early 1980's and at the time of his death, co-managed them with Jeff Jampol. However, he did not manage The Doors Of the 21st Century.
"He was a fine, good and decent man," Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek told Rolling Stone. "Smart as a whip with a very high I.Q. He was my great friend. I've known him since he was 14 years old, and he gradually developed into one of the new breed of Jewish American Buddhists. His heart was in the heavens and he is now in the light with the Buddha and Jim Morrison."
Over the years Sugerman also managed Iggy Pop and was a consultant on Oliver Stone's 1990 biopic The Doors. –Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen