Newport Music Festival Director Dies in Car Crash

Providence, RI – The Rhode Island arts community is mourning the loss of a major figure. Seventy-nine year old Mark Malkovich III- the long time director of the Newport Music Festival, died Sunday in a highway accident in Minnesota. State highway authorities in that state say Malkovich was killed when his car left a highway and rolled over several times--about 40 miles north of Minneapolis.

Festival general manager Mark Malkovich IV plans to dedicate this year's festival to his father- whom he says touched legions of people throughout the world with his passion for music and art.