Shakir Stewart

 

 

Age: 34

 

Summary: former executive vice president who succeeded Jay-Z as head of the legendary hip hop music label Def Jam Recordings that was founded in the mid-1980's, and who signed such artists as Rick Ross and Young Jeezy to the label before being named last June to the post, in which he oversaw the development of new talent, managed producers, and guided the label's vision.

 

 

Cause of Death: Self-inflicted gunshot wound

 

Born: April 12, 1974

 

Died: November 1, 2008

 

Location: Marietta, Georgia