Shakir Stewart, Head Of Def Jam, Found Dead
The body of Shakir Stewart, Def Jam Executive Vice President, was discovered on Saturday, allegedly with a self-inflicted gunshot to the head, according to AllHipHop.com. The official cause of death has yet to be confirmed.
A statement released by label bosses reads, "L.A. Reid and all of us at Island Def Jam Music Group are deeply saddened by the passing of our dear friend and colleague Shakir Stewart.
"Shakir was an amazing man, in every sense of the word. A truly incredible friend and father who was an inspiration to not only our artists and employees, but to his family and the many people who had the privilege of counting him as a friend. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family at this very difficult time."
Jay-Z stepped down from his post at the start of the year and Stewart was named as his replacement in June 2008.
Stewart, who regularly traveled between Atlanta and his office in New York, had worked for Def Jam since 2004, and was responsible for signing rappers Rick Ross and Young Jeezy to the label founded by Russell Simmons and producer Rick Rubin in the mid-1980s.
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