PORTLAND -- Jim Miller, the production manager of Portland's Waterfront Blues Festival, died Monday morning after suffering a massive heart attack Dec. 14, his family has reported on the Oregon Music News website.
"It is with tremendous sadness that I must inform you of the passing of James Miller this morning, just after 6 a.m.," the statement read. "He has been surrounded by loved ones throughout this entire ordeal and is at peace now. Your prayers, thoughts and love have helped us tremendously in soldiering through this. Thank you."
Miller, who also sang and played bass in addition to his stage management work, never regained consciousness after the heart attack, according to the family.
The Blues Festival said simply on its Facebook page that the event "has lost one of our great friends and most valued team members."
A 2009 story in the Oregonian highlighted his work with bringing music into care centers and that he co-founded the Bite Of Portland.