Sumner Redstone, the former owner of CBS, Viacom and Paramount has died at the age of 97.
National Amusements, the Redstone family’s private holding company that controls what is now ViacomCBS, confirmed that he died on Tuesday afternoon.
His daughter and ViacomCBS chair Shari Redstone said: “My father led an extraordinary life that not only shaped entertainment as we know it today, but created an incredible family legacy. Through it all, we shared a great love for one another and he was a wonderful father, grandfather and great-grandfather. I am so proud to be his daughter and I will miss him always.”
Redstone took control of Viacom in 1987 and then Paramount in 1994.