Jerry Heller, Former N.W.A. Manager, Dead at 75

Jerry Heller, the longtime music manager who helped launch the career of groups like N.W.A., has passed away.

According to TMZ, Heller died after suffering from injuries due to a car accident he was involved in on Friday morning (Sept. 2, 2016). He was 75. The website reports that it’s unclear whether he died from a medical emergency which resulted in him slamming into a mini-van, or it it’s the crash that killed him.

His cousin, Gary Ballen, is the person who confirmed his passing to Billboard.

Heller is best known for co-founding Ruthless Records with Eazy-E. He was the manager of N.W.A for four years, but later had a falling out with the hip-hop group after both Dr. Dre and Ice Cube felt he was stealing from them. His partnership with Eazy-E, however, continued until the rapper’s death from AIDS in 1995.

Heller also made headlines late last year after he filed $110 million defamation lawsuit against the producers of Straight Outta Compton, including Dre and Ice Cube, because he was upset that they portrayed him so negatively in the film.

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