Legendary music executive Andre Harrell has sadly passed away at the age of 59.
The news was announced during the Friday night edition of DJ D-Nice‘s Instagram Live stream of Club Quarantine and it was confirmed by Variety.
The cause of death is still unknown as of this time.
Harrell began his career as an artist, but then he was hired by Russell Simmons‘ label Def Jam Records. He soon after began his label Uptown Records, where he discovered Sean “Puffy Daddy” Combs, who later became known as P. Diddy.
Russell paid tribute on Instagram, writing, “Heartbreaking – No words, my best friend 💔 always compassionate, good-hearted, full of love and.. what a beautiful legacy he leaves in this world… All the inspiration, direction and support he gave to so many… So many can say they are successful because Andre Harrell gave them their start. He was so beloved because he made his living uplifting others… We celebrate him in his passing because we were so blessed for his presence… He gave everything he had. God makes the best plans R.I.P.”
We’re sending our thoughts and condolences to Andre‘s loved ones during this difficult time.