Posted in hiphop | music on November 3, 2008

Shakir Stewart

Shakir Stewart, executive vice president of Def Jam and one of the most powerful figures in hip-hop, died this weekend in an apparent suicide. Police reported that the man who signed Beyoncé was found in his bathroom at around 4pm on Saturday, suffering from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was taken to Atlanta's Kennestone Hospital where he died later that day...

...Stewart had only recently taken over at the label, succeeding Jay-Z after the rapper's departure in June. Stewart at the time called it his "dream job". [Guardian]

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Comments (13)

That's not at all mysterious.

Posted by Tito | November 3, 2008 8:45 AM

Tito, where were you between the hours of 12pm - 4pm on Saturday?

Posted by Tito Did It | November 3, 2008 9:08 AM

Peace out, Shakir

Posted by Anonymous | November 3, 2008 10:15 AM

dudes, seriously....

Posted by Anonymous | November 3, 2008 10:16 AM

rest in peace
my best wishes to family and friends.

Posted by Anonymous | November 3, 2008 10:36 AM

Damn. That's unfortunate.

Posted by Anonymous | November 3, 2008 10:46 AM

What a shame...

Posted by Anonymous | November 3, 2008 10:46 AM

Why'd he do that?

Posted by Anonymous | November 3, 2008 11:34 AM

such a bad way to live....but who is to blame?

Posted by jb | November 3, 2008 1:26 PM

I didn't know black people committed suicide. I thought it was mostly Asians and Whites.

Posted by Anonymous | November 3, 2008 5:02 PM

He didn't commit suicide. Everyone knows this was murder

Posted by Anonymous | November 3, 2008 5:09 PM

little known fact: he told his poor father he was going to grow up to be the first black president. maybe he just couldn't deal

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2008 12:55 PM

This is my first time migrating to this web site and the first article read on it and from the tone of these comments to this article, it seems to me that this site has a bunch of heartless, immature readers. I am audi-5,000 and won't be visiting again.

Posted by kasey | November 8, 2008 6:08 AM

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