Andre Harrell was found dead at his apartment Friday evening at age 59, according to a tweet from journalist Roland Martin. His cause of death is unknown at this time.
Andre Harrell’s legacy in music runs deep from his beginnings at the irst half of the hip hop duo Dr. Jeckyll & Mr. Hyde, founding the record label, Uptown Records to president/CEO of Motown Records.
Harrell was an urban entertainment icon and culture creator who paved the way for many including Sean “Diddy” Combs, Mary J. Blige, Jodeci, Heavy D., Al B. Sure, and more.
BREAKING NEWS: While @djdnice was spinning tonight on IG Live in #ClubQuarantine, he announced that legendary music man Andre Harrell has died. He was 59. Just stunning. Harrell founded Uptown Records and paved the way for many in the music industry. #RolandMartinUnfiltered— rolandsmartin (@rolandsmartin) May 9, 2020
BREAKING NEWS: More confirmations are coming in to me via text that @iamAndreHarrell was found dead in his Los Angeles apartment tonight. The legendary music exec was 59. @BET was slated to air a 3-part miniseries on him later this year called “Uptown.” #RolandMartinUnfiltered— rolandsmartin (@rolandsmartin) May 9, 2020
#AndreHarrell 59 years old, one of the cornerstones of HIP-HOP, from being an artist as #DrJekkylAndMrHyde to Def Jam to Uptown Records where he literally birthed GHETTO FABULOUS, HipHop Soul, MJB & unleashed Puff into the world, this is my era, I’m not ok with this! R.I.P. Icon— bevysmith (@bevysmith) May 9, 2020