The 2009 Georgia Music Hall of Fame Awards went off without a hitch this year…well, that is until the family of the late Shakir Stewart approached the stage to accept his award. Stewart, who’s death rocked the foundation of the recording industry when he took his life in November 2008 at the age of 34, was being honored posthumously with a hall of fame induction. While this would seem to be a joyful event, the presentation of his award ended up being the most talked about situation of the evening: Continue Reading…
Q Da Kid recently completed the video for a song called “A Letter to Shakir” and dedicates it to all who have passed and to those who mourn them. I’ve been wondering what’s been up with him, but JD explains via his blog:
EVERYBODY BEEN ASKING WHERE Q IS HE’S BEEN WORKIN…
RIGHT NOW WE JUST DEALING WITH THE POLITRICKS OF ME LEAVING IDJ BUT HAVE NOFEAR HIS ALBUM WILL BE COMING OUT
Thanks for this Q. It’s a beautiful song and video…
A private funeral is being planned for Def Jam Record’s Executive Vice-President, Shakir Stewart, who shot himself with a handgun at his Marietta home on Saturday.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, police have declined to release additional details regarding Stewart’s death. Funeral arrangements are still pending, said a spokesman at Murray Bros. Cascade Chapel in Atlanta. According to the Cobb medical examiner’s office, the autopsy report will take up to 12 weeks. (Source)
Shakir Stewart, the 34-year-old executive vice president of Def Jam Recordings, was found about 4 p.m. Saturday in the bathroom of his house on Lindsey Drive in Marietta, said police spokeswoman Cassie Reece. Reese said Stewart shot himself with a handgun but wouldn’t say who discovered him. Stewart was prounounced dead at Kennestone Hospital.
On Sunday (November 2), his fiancée, Michelle Rivers, released a joint statement with the rest of his family.
“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.” (Source)
Last night, Blog Talk Radio hosted a special online show to honor Shakir’s memory. Former college roommates, hometown buddies, and industry friends called into the show to reminisce about their friend and to share memories of “Shake.”
Industry mogul Kenny Burns, Stewart’s friend of 17-years, shared memories of his friend through his sorrow and issued a warning for those who glamorize the music industry and feel that money can buy happiness. Burns could barely hold back his emotions as he also discussed providing for the children left behind: Continue Reading…
Shakir Stewart, Executive Vice President of Def Jam Records died of an apparent suicide today. Details are sketchy, but WVEE DJ Greg Street, is currently dedicating his evening show to the fallen exec. Stewart, a graduate of Morehouse College, has been the go-to-guy for finding talent since his days at LaFace Records from 2000 to 2004, when he brought R&B siren Ciara to the company. He also played an integral role in bringing Beyonce to the firm.
He was last heard from around 2:00pm today. All of Atlanta is shocked by the news and my sincere condolences go out to the Stewart family.
Updated 1:00am ~ Def Jam Statement:
“LA Reid and all of us at Island Def Jam Music Group are deeply saddened by the passing of our dear friend and colleague Shakir Stewart,” Def Jam said in a statement released to VIBE today. “Shakir was an amazing man, in every sense of the word. A truly incredible friend and father who was an inspiration to not only our artists and employees, but to his family and the many people who had the privilege of counting him as a friend. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family at this very difficult time.” Via Vibe.com