Steve Wolf, 34, who grew up in McLean, Va., and went on to become one of the nation's leading promoters of rock concerts, was fatally shot Monday during an apparent robbery attempt at his home in Los Angeles.
He died at Riverside Hospital in North Hollywood about 2 1/2 hours after the incident.Police said he had been wounded when he apparently surprised burglars who broke into his home through a side door. They said two men reportedly fled from the scene in a late-model Cadillac.
Investigators said Mr. Wolf had arisen from bed shortly before the shooting occured in a hallway. They said he was found by his fiancee, Linda Grey, 30, on the floor of the living room.
Reported missing from Mr. Wolf's home were two cameras, a wrist watch, a diamond necklace and two diamond earrings.
Mr. Wolfe was born in Washington and move to McLean with his family while still a child. He graduated from McLean High School and then from Vanderbitt University in Nashville, Tenn. He became a television announcer and producer while still an undergraduate.
By the time of his deaths, Mr. Wolf had known more than a decade of success in the uncertain business of promoting rock concerts. As of last year, he and his partner, Jim Rissmiler, were staging about 130 concerts a year and reportedly were grossing $6 million annually.
Ten years ago, Mr. Wolfe and Bob Eubanks, a former television master of ceremonies ("The Newlyweds Game"), presented the Beatles in the Hollywood Bowl, with Rissmiller, he bought out Eubanks and set up the firm of Wolf and Rissmiller Concerts, Inc. They promoted concerts by the Rolling Stones. Aerosmith, Cream and Chicago.
Last Sunday, they presented the "Star Wars Concert" in the Hollywood Bowl. The program was played by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and included lasers and pyrotechnics. The music came from the film, "Star Wars" and "2001: A Space Odysseys." The show was billed as an effort to attract young people to symphonic music.
Mr. Wolfe and Rissmiller were only 24 when they presented Diana Ross and The Supremes in the first music show to fill the 18,700-seat Los Angeles Forum.
By that time they had formed their company. They later sold it, but continued to operate it under contract for several years. When the contract expired last years, the two were on their own again.
Mr. Wolfes survivors include a son, Gregory, 7, who lives with his former wife, Iris Reinier, a television and film writer in Los Angeles; his parents, Dr. and Mrs. Seymour Wolf, of Potomac, a brother, Mark, of Falls Church; a sister, Nancy Myron, of Toronto, and two stepsisters, Jane Hausman, of Bethesia, and Jill Hawkins, of New York.