UPDATE: Def Jam Executive VP Shakir Stewart Commits Suicide

Def Jam Executive VP Shakir Stewart committed suicide this past Saturday (11/1/08).

Reports say Stewart died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The executive earned his stripes as an A&R at Def Jam Records, signing stars like Young Jeezy and Rick Ross before being promoted to Executive VP at the company earlier this year. Though his promotion came several months after Jay-Z’s resignation, Stewart asserted he wasn’t the God MC’s replacement. Prior to joining the Def Jam family, Stewart also served as an A&R consultant at La Face Records between 2000 to 2004 where he signed Ciara.

Michelle Rivers, Stewart’s fiancée, released a statement yesterday (11/02).

“We would like to thank Shakir’s friends for the tremendous outpouring of love and support we have received during this difficult time,” the statement reads. “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.” -Marvin Brandon

  • g lopez

    damn this was sudden. i have much respect for mr. stewart. I wonder what the turn of events caused this to happen?

  • http://yahoo.com K.C.I.

    Such A Tragedy I Think Times Like These Call For More Adults Takin’ Responsibility For They’re Actions…

  • BIGSCREECH

    DAMN!

    • mo

      suicide the ultimate sin that’s a selfish act in my eyes especially since he had a family counting on him

      • J.C.A.

        True, but when you’re going through such a depression like he has, that’s why he did such a thing. I’m obviously not saying this was a smart decision, but empathize, man.

        R.I.P. Shakir

      • http://this no mo

        No judgement is the ultimate sin. We don’t know if this really was a suicide. RIP

      • lisa

        i knew Shakir and he was a good person. it is easy to act like you understand someone’s life but you don’t. i bet you are not 34 yrs old handling millions of dollars and several hundred people’s jobs on your shoulders. take a moment to be sensitive. Shakir was a GOOD MAN!!!! Depression is real.

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  • NotoriousRambo

    HIP-HOP IS DEAD

  • imnarry

    thats sad

  • BIGSCREECH

    Y’all downloaders are making it difficult to be a music exec. Go cop that new __________________ album, in stores now.
    Sheeeeeeeeeeiiiit.

  • Trickdd

    There claiming he committed suicide but then the details on the incident are sketchy I wouldn’t call it suicide then if you don’t no.

    • CA

      @Trickdd learn how to spell and use a little thing called grammar. It is know, not no.

      Well it is too early to call it, but Shakir Stewart, thanks for always representing the Bay Area. Let God be amongst you.

      • Pierzy

        And it’s “They’re” not “There”

  • Vicious Seiger

    I don’t know or even heard much about Stewart but this is some sad note to end the week on. Def Jam seems to be in tailspin as of late. Either way RIP, Shakir.

  • http://candiedjamz.tumblr.com candied jamz

    Could life have been that bad for him? I agree with Trickdd. Speculating that it’s suicide is not a good look.

    RIP Shakir.

  • http://candiedjamz.tumblr.com candied jamz

    They are saying he is not dead. They are saying he is on life support.

  • iLL

    that man didnt commit suicide. The music business ran by mobsters not gangsters (there is a difference).

  • disclosed.

    nervous breakdown, happened while family was in the house.
    didnt realize what was going on with him. shit. he didnt know he was in a nervous breakdown..

    stress kills.

  • CESAR

    YOU GOT THAT RIGHT!!!!!!MOBSTERS!!!!!!ALSO BROTHAS AINT POPIN THEY SELF!!!!!!SOMEONE KILLED THAT MANN….ON MOMMAS!!!!!DAMN MANN…R.I.P SHAKIR!!!!!

  • K4

    Feds closing in on Jeezy he might’ve thought he had to lay down some time in the bing for helping Jeezy get out the streets.

  • CARMEN

    I DONT CARE WAT ANYBODY SAYS HE DIDNT COMMITED SUICIDE,THEY MURDER HIM,THAT MUSIC BUSINESS IS SO SHADY,I MEET THE WORST PEOPLES IN MY LIFE IN THAT BUSINESS,IT’S SHOWS YOU WE STILL HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO,MY PRAYERS GOES TO HIS FAMILY,I KNOW HE LEFT 2BEAUTIFUL CHILDREN,I PRAY FOR THEM.

  • http://myspace bgold

    What is this world coming to?…I can’t believe such smart driven entuerprenuer took his like…. It seems like something more tahn the neckid eye can see is going on.. I Just can;t believe this… R.I.P Shakir…and my prayers goes out to his family. God Bless!

  • mo

    it doesn’t have to be a fishy story, people do commit suicide. Niggas think everything is a cover up or a conspiracy.

    • iLL

      Ignorance is blissful huh? Eyes wide shut. Dont believe everything you hear, or half of what you see youngin.

  • http://www.msn,com west philly’s finest

    I agree with Vicious dont disrespect the man’s name if it wasn’t a suicide. But if it was a suicide then it’s hard to feel bad for him.

    If it’s that much pressure just resign from your position. Don’t let no fucking job break your spirits.

  • Calle

    R.I.P. Shakir…I love you and always will. I know you didn’t commit suicide, you were never that type of person and I know how much you cared about your children especially Mikayla. I know you’re in a better place now. I know that even in heaven you’ll be running stuff. Miami, New York, Vegas or Atlanta will never be the same to me.

    Luv ya Shake
    SSS

  • iliveonce

    Mo,

    You are the example of pure stupidity. Conspiracies are all around you and it’s proving to be true. Wall street billion dollar bail out for only the financial elite. Guantanmao Bay!!, the Amero, world financial crisis ( years ago people said the financial situation would severely change once Bush Junior became president. Dummy (Mo), never take any thing for face value. In this society (western) it’s logical to see why people portray what what they want others to see. Get all the facts first or most of the facts then make a wise judgement.

    Regarding the Amero ( the new currency being discussed), the Euro was discussed in Europe to strengthen the currencies in Europe. People said “that’s BS all of those countries will not combine their currencies. Guess what they did. Nothing really bad came about on the surface but look deeper.

    The international monetary fund and world bank only has European Representatives on the board of directors…..Why is that? i mean the entire world isnot competely made of europeans.

    Fyi,
    the world bank lends money to entire countries at high interest rates
    (depending upon the country) . Take a guess which countries have the highest interest rates. You guessed it the countries in Africa and so called under developed countries. i bet you’re trying to pay of a credit card with some serious interest…i know it’s hard …. feeel like you’re a slave to the debt…..imagine having billions of dollars in debt.

    is it a conspiracy!!! research it!!

    • EYES AND EARS WIDE OPEN

      Illveonce I see that you are street and book smart. Thank you for your mind stimulating comment. If you don’t know your history then how can you understand todays problem.

      Rap music has taken a pause. It’s not dead because Black people are the best at(re)inventions. Think about this….How many people can really enjoy a make it rain or poppin bottles record right now. As an A&R exec., it’s his job to research what the people want to hear while discovering new talent and if we are in a recession/depression he can’t make it happen if you have retarded rappers with limit vocabulary. I can’t even listen to half of the rap music now cause it has no more substance. If hip hop is dead it died with 2Pac and Biggie, also with Jay-Z retirement and Nas disappearance act.

      I think that it’s just a lot of selling your soul to the devil for a buck or platinum record. (or even a 700 billon bailout plan)

      Remember this everyone…..it’s the entertainment business. It’s not reality and the key word is entertainment. The entertainment business has sold illusions not records. Half of these rappers cry themselves to sleep at night about how miserable they are and I know that because I was their wiping the tears off the faces of a few your favorite rappers. So don’t be surprise when you hear of this kind of tragedy because these are people we’re talking about,not objects. No one is immune to this type of tragedy, whether it’s guilty by association or self-destruction of the mind.

      “The choices you make, not the chances you take, determine your destiny”.

      REST IN PEACE SHAKIR! AND MAY GOD HAVE MERCY ON YOUR SOUL.

    • BirDMan

      Finally, Someone who knows what they are talking about. Someone who uses common fuccing sense before speaking.

  • iliveonce

    o,

    You are the example of pure stupidity. Conspiracies are all around you and it’s proving to be true. Wall street billion dollar bail out for only the financial elite. Guantanmao Bay!!, the Amero, world financial crisis ( years ago people said the financial situation would severely change once Bush Junior became president. Dummy (Mo), never take any thing for face value. In this society (western) it’s logical to see why people portray what what they want others to see. Get all the facts first or most of the facts then make a wise judgement.

    Regarding the Amero ( the new currency being discussed), the Euro was discussed in Europe to strengthen the currencies in Europe. People said “that’s BS all of those countries will not combine their currencies. Guess what they did. Nothing really bad came about on the surface but look deeper.

    The international monetary fund and world bank only has European Representatives on the board of directors…..Why is that? i mean the entire world isnot competely made of europeans.

    Fyi,
    the world bank lends money to entire countries at high interest rates
    (depending upon the country) . Take a guess which countries have the highest interest rates. You guessed it the countries in Africa and so called under developed countries. i bet you’re trying to pay of a credit card with some serious interest…i know it’s hard …. feeel like you’re a slave to the debt…..imagine having billions of dollars in debt.

    is it a conspiracy!!! research it!!

  • Miss Truth

    Any Executive works a 27 hour work day, and for you smart people I know its only 24 hours in a day. Music Executives have all these meetings, working with new artist, after they find them…not everyone A&R brings in will make it, sh!t loads of traveling, mingling, release party’s, ect. He was a young man in his 30′s WELLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL
    PAID, and more than likely had all the material things he desired and then some. The problem no fufillment. Something was lacking in his life and most likely his spirit. The pressure got to him because he had no outlet and if he did, probably no time to use his outlet. He let his emotions build to the point where it pushed him over the edge, more than likely repressing any issues or personal problems he had for work. Being a bid dog can cost you if you don’t go in well equipped mentally, and emotionally and to all you “alpha males” take note- he had the cash, cars, money, houses, and if he wanted probably the h*es yet something was still missing which brought him to this deeply sad end before it was actually time.

    R.I.P. Mr. Stewart
    -Nita B.
    0425

  • will

    Shakir did not commit suicide by no means. He had too much to gain. Jealousy is an evil thing. He was a good brotha. Darkness will always be overshadowed by light. Time is everything and it is always ticking. Rest my brotha rest. Peace.

  • EReal

    Damn record sales is that bad?

  • joe

    dumb monkey millions and killed hisself what a fuck face what a bitch what a dumb fag. dead fag now. fuck xxl ya racist ass niggs and fuck all yall EMINEM is the gratest rapper of all thuime and you all know this man!

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  • http://TheTruth Anonymous

    Everyone knows diddy murdered him for fukking kim porter.