Music Executive Andre Harrell Dead at 59

Written by on May 9, 2020

Andre Harrell has died on the age of 59.

The legendary music government based the influential label Uptown Information within the late 1980s, and paved the way in which for Sean “Diddy” Combs’ profession. He died Thursday night time at his residence in West Hollywood, Calif. His ex-wife, Wendy Credle, stated that the reason for demise was coronary heart failure and that Harrell suffered from coronary heart issues for a while, in keeping with The New York Instances.

DJ D-Good was first to share the heartbreaking information whereas internet hosting his common Membership Quarantine collection on Instagram Reside on Friday night time.

Harrell, born Andre O’Neal Harrell within the Bronx on Sep. 26, 1960, began his profession as one-half of Dr. Jeckyll & Mr. Hyde, the rap duo behind profitable singles together with 1981’s “Genius Rap” and 1984’s “A.M./P.M.” In 1983, Harrell teamed up with Russell Simmons at Def Jam and served as vp and normal supervisor of the label, working with artists together with Run-DMC, LL Cool J, and Whodini.

He left to start out his personal document firm, Uptown Information, in 1986, and helped launch the careers of Jodeci, Al B. Certain!, Man, and Heavy D and the Boyz. Harrell additionally signed a teenage Mary J. Blige within the late ’80s, and opened the door for The Infamous B.I.G., who Diddy found whereas at Uptown earlier than signing him to Dangerous Boy Information in 1993.

“My objective is to convey actual black America — simply as it’s, not watered down — to folks all over the place by means of music, by means of movies, by means of all the pieces we do,” Harrell advised the Los Angeles Instances in 1992.

Diddy has but to deal with his demise. In January, he paid tribute to his mentor whereas accepting the Trade Icon Award at The Recording Academy and Clive Davis’ Pre-Grammy Gala, likening him to a father determine. “I advised him I’d wash vehicles, give up college — something — a priceless likelihood to be in your presence,” Diddy advised The New York Instances in 2005.

The music neighborhood is mourning the devastating loss whereas honoring Harrell’s legacy. Associates together with Mariah Carey, L.A. Reid, Russell Simmons, Usher, and Teddy Riley paid tribute to him on social media. “We’ve misplaced one of many biggest mentors in my life,” stated Riley, whereas Carey added, “My coronary heart is breaking and I can’t cease crying. He was an incredible good friend and I’ll miss him without end.”

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