According to emerging reports, Shakir Stewart, who is one of the top music executives who helped make Atlanta the Motown of the South died this weekend of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Shakir Stewart seems to have committed suicide.
Shakir Stewart was the 34-year-old executive vice president of Def Jam Recordings and he was found dead at 4 p.m. Saturday in the bathroom of his house on Lindsey Drive in Marietta.
Stewart shot himself with a handgun but we have no details about who was the first one to find Steward dead.
He graduated from Atlantaâ€™s Morehouse College and got his start as a music executive at Hitco Music Publishing where he signed BeyoncÃ©. In 2000, he was appointed A&R consultant at LaFace Records signing Ciara to the label. He stayed there until 2004.
In June 2008, he was assigned as Vice-President of Island Def Jam Music Group where he had replaced Jay-Z, a position left vacant since December 2007.
In addition to discovering new talent Stewart oversaw various projects as Def Jam VP of A&R, including Nas and LL Cool J.
I will post more details about Shakir Stewart’s funeral services and schedule once they are made available by the family.
Meanwhile all you Shakir fans out there, don’t forget to leave your condolensces below for this great music stalwart of our times.
May Shakir Rest in Peace!