Claude Nobs

Claude Nobs

The founder of the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival is fighting for his life in hospital following a skiing accident.

The entire team of the Montreux Jazz Festival wishes a full recovery to its boss

Claude Nobs, 76, was involved in a cross-country skiing accident on Christmas Eve and is currently in a coma at a medical facility in his native Switzerland.

Festival bosses have revealed Nobs' duties relating to this year's event in Switzerland in July have been handed to Secretary General Mathieu Jaton.

A statement reads, "During the Christmas holidays Claude Nobs fell while practising cross-country skiing. As a direct consequence of this accident, Mr Claude Nobs underwent surgery... He has remained to date in a state of unconsciousness. His condition requires further additional tests, the results of which are not known yet.

"All necessary measures have been taken to currently ensure the perfect management of the Festival...Mathieu Jaton assumes all of Claude Nobs' responsibilities...

The entire team of the Montreux Jazz Festival wishes a full recovery to its boss".

Nobs launched the legendary music event in 1967 and remains a director.

The festival has drawn some of the music world's most famous artists over the years, including Prince, Bob Dylan, Ray Charles, Johnny Cash, and Ella Fitzgerald, and Nobs was known for joining many of the acts on stage.

This year's event takes place in Montreux, Switzerland in July.