Claude Nobbs, the founder of Montreux Jazz Festival passed away on 10th January, a statement on the festival's website said.
The festival, which takes place on the shores of Lake Geneva, has featured the likes of Miles Davis, John McLaughlin, Chick Corea and just about every great musician.
For all of us, who were fortunate enough to cross your path, you will always remain the one who questioned certainties, the statement said.
Organizers had previously said that Nobs' accident would not impact this year's event, which runs 5 - 20 July.
We carry, and will continue to carry on in your spirit, everything you taught us, Thursday's statement added.