Def Jam VP Commits Suicide

November 3, 2008

Def Jam executive VP Shakir Stewart was reportedly found dead in the bathroom of his suburban Atlanta home late Saturday, killed by a self-inflicted single gunshot wound.

Shakir Stewart, 34, Stewart is credited with helping to put the Atlanta music scene on the map through his party promotions firm and the Noontime Entertainment production company.

Stewart recently took over Def Jam in June, following in the footsteps of Jay-Z. Stewart succeeded Jay-Z at the top of the Def Jam ladder in June and also retained his duties as senior VP of A&R at Island Def Jam. The Oakland native signed such artists as Rick Ross, Young Jeezy and newcomer Karina Pasian.

It was not immediately clear why Stewart killed himself, and police did not comment on whether the exec left a suicide note in his Marietta, Ga., home.