Music producer and Argent Studios founder John Fry has died, aged 69.

Fry passed away on Thursday (18Dec14) in Memphis, Tennessee after suffering a cardiac arrest. He had been diagnosed with cancer earlier this year (14).

Ardent Music general manager Jody Stephens tells Billboard.com, "He was actually doing alright. He was still active. He was around the studio the week before. He was taking it easy, but we all figured that was the right steps for him to take and that he would be fine. So it was a great surprise."

Fry founded the Ardent Records label in Memphis in 1959 and all music was recorded in Argent Studios. During his 40-year career, the studio hosted sessions by acts including Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin, ZZ Top, Al Green and The White Stripes.

According to Billboard, more than 70 gold and platinum singles and albums have been recorded at Ardent.

Fry was inducted into the Memphis Music Hall of Fame in November (14).