The consumer technology industry lost a true legend this weekend. Former JVC executive VP/COO and Akai chairman Harry Elias passed away Sunday evening. Elias, a beloved industry icon among retailers and manufacturers alike, is survived by his wife of 56 years, Gladys, three children, and two grandchildren. He was in his late 80s according to a family member. He spent 37 years at JVC, where he was the American face of the Japanese company.