MUSIC NEWS- Def Jam Executive Vice President Shakir "Shake" Stewart committed suicide today, November 1 in Atlanta, GA, according to sources. His body was found in his apartment Saturday evening. Stewart, a Morehouse College graduate, had succeeded Jay-Z at the top of the Def Jam in June 08 while retaining his duties as senior VP of A&R at Island Def Jam. Originally from Oakland, CA, he signed artists Rick Ross, Young Jeezy and newcomer Karina Pasian to the label.
In a statement, his family and fiancee Michelle Rivers said: "As much as we tried to help him, Shakir was in deep pain and largely suffering in silence." His family said: "Over the past several weeks, Shakir's behaviour was inconsistent with the man we all know and love."