Ridley, editor of Nashville Scene, dies after heart attack - WSMV News 4

Ridley, editor of Nashville Scene, dies after heart attack

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Jim Ridley, center, with l-r Pat Embry and Dr. David Badger upon being added to the MTSU College of Mass Communication Wall of Fame in 2015. (Photo submitted) Jim Ridley, center, with l-r Pat Embry and Dr. David Badger upon being added to the MTSU College of Mass Communication Wall of Fame in 2015. (Photo submitted)
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Jim Ridley, the editor of the Nashville Scene, died on Friday after collapsing from a heart attack in his office last week.

Ridley, 50, was sitting at his desk last Monday when he collapsed.

“We all hoped that Jim would awaken from his coma and be the brilliant, creative, optimistic guy we all love,” said Chris Ferrell, President and CEO of SouthComm Publishing, the owner of the Nashville Scene. “Jim spent his career at the Scene and through its pages helped shape what Nashville talked about and watched during the last 25 years.”

Ferrell said he passed away about noon on Friday.

“He will be missed by his family, friends, colleagues and readers,” said Ferrell.

His death comes just days before the kickoff of the Nashville Film Festival. His annual guide was considered the bible for what was not to be missed.

Under Ridley’s leadership the Scene has regularly been named one of the top alternative weeklies in the country, winning multiple awards for writing, design and general excellence.

Ridley was added to the MTSU College of Mass Communication’s Wall of Fame in 2015.

Ridley is survived by his wife Alicia Adkerson, daughter Kat, son Jamie, father James Allison Ridley IV and brother Read Ridley.

Funeral services are planned for Saturday, April 16 at Woodfin Funeral Chapel in Murfreesboro. Visitation will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. with services to follow.

A GoFundMe page has been established to help Ridley's family with medical and funeral expenses.

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