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Def Jam Exec. Commits Suicide

In Uncategorized on November 20, 2008 at 10:41 pm

page6suicide Sad news surrounds the Hip-Hop and R&B world, and this time it isn’t a rapper or a singer. Def Jam Recordings executive Shakir Stewart was found dead in his suburban Atlanta home. Officials say that Stewart committed suicide due to a single gunshot wound to the head on November 1st. It was very unclear why the exec would pull the trigger, for no suicide note was left. To those who knew him he seemed like a happy man.

Shakir Stewart signed famed songstress Beyonce’ before she was known to the music world, along with rappers Rick Ross and Young Jeezy, singer Ciara, and a host of other performers. The Def Jam boss had just filled the shoes of Brooklyn’s own Jay-Z back in June, so he had a tough act to follow. With Stewart running such a major business, there was probably little room for mistakes. Def Jam artists and fellow co-workers are still confused by the tragedy for he seemed to be doing a good job as the head of the company. The New York Daily News spoke to someone who knew Shakir Stewart well. “Whatever happened over the past 24 hours is not a testament to who we all know,” said longtime friend Christopher Hicks, a fellow music executive. He went on to say “He was a one-of-a-kind individual.”

Def Jam had this to say in a statement on November 2nd that described Shakir as “an amazing man, in every sense of the word.” There was no word on funeral arrangements to report as of yet from the record label. Police will investigate the suicide to be sure no clues were left out. The bright and talented young man leaves his wife and children to grieve his death. Could it be true that the more money you make, the more problems you see? Let’s hope not.

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