Def Jam Record's Vice President, Shakir Stewart, committed suicide on Saturday (11/1). Reports say that Stewart dided of a self-inflicted gunshot would. Stewart worked his way to the top by being an A&R and signing stars like Young Jeezy and Rick Ross before he was promoted to VP. Before joining Def Jam, Stewart was an A&R consultant at La Face Records during which he signed Ciara.
Stewart's fiance released a statement yesterday (10/2) saying "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.”