Shakir Stewart, vice president of DefJam and Island DefJam, has died, according to a statement issued by DefJam.
During his time at Hitco Music Publishing, he signed Beyonce, building on a reputation gained promoting rap gigs. He replaced Jay-Z at DefJam back in June. At the time, LA Reid was generous in his praise:
“The bold young management style that Shakir has established at Def Jam is one of the major reasons behind the label’s success today. From his solid roots in music publishing, he has grown to master the world of hip hop and urban music.”
According to Billboard reports, Stewart may have taken his own life. No firm details have been released.