Son of rock 'n' roll icon Frank Zappa who published a children's book, judged Star Search, and produced The Odd Life of Timothy Green from 2012.
He started recording songs in his late teens and released his first album Confessions in 1991.
He was named after the Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun.
He was married to Selma Blair for two years.
He worked on The Odd Life of Timothy Green with Jennifer Garner.