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Subject: Music mogul Don Arden dies at 81

Written By: Philip Eno on 07/24/07 at 7:34 am

Sharon Osbourne's music mogul father Don Arden has died at the age of 81.

Dubbed the Al Capone of Pop for his uncompromising business practices, he steered acts like ELO, The Small Faces and Black Sabbath to stardom.

Osbourne became estranged from her father after fighting him for control of husband Ozzy Osbourne's career.

The pair were reconciled in 2002 after Arden developed Alzheimer's disease. Osbourne's spokesman said her father had died in a Los Angeles nursing home.

Born Harry Levy in Manchester in 1926, the future music manager set his sights on a showbusiness career at an early age.

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