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As reported by TMZ, Andre Harrell, a legendary music exec who gave Diddy his big break and, among many other accomplishments, ran Motown Records passes away.
Andre’s career began as half of the rap duo, Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde, back in 1981. Andre and Russell Simmons worked together and Andre ultimately became a veep for Def Jam Records.
Tributes are pouring in … Mariah Carey said, “Why Andre … My heart is breaking and I can’t stop crying. He was an amazing friend and I will miss him forever.” DJ D-Nice said, “Truly heartbroken. Rest peacefully, Andre Harrell.” Viola Davis … ” RIP Andre Harrell … thank you for the gift of so many incredible artists. Gone too soon.” And, Ava DuVernay tweeted, “Saluting Andre Harrell. The architect of so much music, so much culture.”
The cause of death is not yet known. Andre was 59. Rest in Peace to one of music’s greats!