Jay-Z’s Def Jam Successor Found Dead

Def Jam Recordings executive vice president Shakir Stewart, who took over Jay-Z’s position at the label earlier this year, died on Saturday after suffering from a gunshot wound, died yesterday in Atlanta, the Associated Press reports.

According to Cobb County Police Department detective Bill Macauley, police found Stewart, 34, at an undisclosed location after responding to a shooting call on Saturday.

Stewart was rushed to a suburban Atlanta hospital, to no avail. No arrests or charges have been made.

Stewart, who signed such artists as Rick Ross and Young Jeezy to the label, was named vice president in June.


UPDATE: Police are now describing the gnshot wound as self-inflicted. Christopher Hicks, a friend of Stewart’s for 18 years, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution today, “Whatever happened over the past 24 hours is not a testament to who we all know. He was a one-of-a-kind individual. If you looked on his Blackberry (stamp) it said ‘One of one.'”

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