RIP: Def Jam’s Shakir Stewart

Jay-Z’s successor, Def Jam Executive Vice President, Shakir Stewart was found dead yesterday (November 1).

“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,” read a statement from the label.

“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 that had the privilege of counting him as a friend. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family at this very difficult time.”

Stewart was named Executive Vice President of Def Jam Recordings in June of 2008. He was Def-Jam’s talent scout, bringing R&B singer Ciara to the company.  He also played an integral role in bringing Beyonce to the firm.

Subsequent reports indicate Stewart committed suicide.

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