Jay-Z’s Def Jam Replacement Commits Suicide

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Shakir Stewart, who replaced Jay-Z at Def Jam, was found dead from a self-inflicted gun shot wound on Saturday in the bathroom of his Atlanta home.  The high-powered executive vice president was just 34 years old was notoriously hardworking, and began his rise through the music biz by handing out concert fliers. The young mogul was responsible for signing Ciara and Beyonce, and brought new stars like Rick Ross and Young Jeezy to the label. His fiance Michelle Rivers released a statement yesterday that expressed both her sorrow and disbelief surrounding his death:

“We would like to thank Shakir’s friends for the tremendous outpouring of love and support we have received during this difficult time. It has helped us to cope with our overwhelming grief and sadness. It is difficult to express or explain in words what led to the tragic occurrence on Saturday. Over the past several weeks, Shakir’s behavior was inconsistent with the man we all know and love. As much as we all tried to help him, Shakir was in deep pain and largely suffering in silence. Please remember Shakir for who he was … a wonderful father, partner, son and friend.”

[Photo: GettyImages]

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