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Tim Cook attended party with music bigwig who tested positive for COVID-19

Universal Music Chairman and CEO Lucian Grainge celebrated his 60th birthday with a bash in Palm Springs with key figures at the celebration, including Apple CEO Tim Cook.

Tim Cook attended party with music bigwig who tested positive for COVID-19

FILE PHOTO: CEO Tim Cook speaks at an Apple event at their headquarters in Cupertino, California, U.S. September 10, 2019. REUTERS/Stephen Lam/File Photo

About two weeks after celebrating his 60th birthday on Feb 29, Universal Music Chairman and CEO Lucian Grainge has tested positive for COVID-19, reported Variety on Monday (Mar 16).

The celebration, which took place in Palm Springs, California, was attended by key figures in the tech and entertainment industries, including Apple CEO Tim Cook, music manager Irving Azoff and Apple senior vice president Eddy Cue.

At the moment, Grainge is receiving treatment in Los Angeles, sources told Variety, but a spokesperson from Apple has declined to comment. Azoff’s representative did not immediately comment.

The birthday bash was held at the La Quinta’s Madison Club, an exclusive enclave of private residences with a golf course. According to Variety, communal facilities at the Madison Club have been shut down due to Grainge testing positive, including the golf course and the clubhouse.

Other celebrities have been reported to have properties in the area, such as Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West; Kylie Jenner; Rande Gerber; Cindy Crawford; Sylvester Stallone; Scooter Braun; and Ray Romano.

According to Variety, Grainge is supposedly the employee that tested positive for COVID-19 on Mar 13 and caused an evacuation of Universal Music Group’s Santa Monica headquarters. Fortunately, most of the employees had either gone home for the weekend or were already working from home.

An internal memo obtained by Variety read: “We have just been informed that there is a confirmed case of infection in an employee based in our 2220 Colorado Avenue offices. Accordingly and out of an abundance of caution, we are immediately closing all of our Santa Monica offices, and all Santa Monica staff are required to work from home until further notice.”

Source: CNA/ds