Andre Harrell, the music executive who discovered Sean "Puffy" Combs, as well as many other iconic artists, has reportedly died at the age of 59, according to ABC.
Harrell founded Uptown Records and also headed Motown records. His cause of death is unknown. Many hip-hop artists have been paying tribute to Harrell on social media.
One of my teachers who taught the connection between the music executive and the brilliance of knowing how to select the right staff/talent. Without him there would be no Jodeci, Heavy D, Diddy, Mary J Blige, Father MC and many more. Thank you is not enough. Rest #andreharrell pic.twitter.com/UFZneVMr07— Andrez Harriott BSc,MA (@AndrezDMG) May 9, 2020
Dude. #AndreHarrell man.— Hold On Be Strong (@questlove) May 9, 2020
He gave you the best soundtracks of your life man and you didn’t even know it. We never gave him his flowers.
He redefined the party!
Def Jan was the artform.
Bad Boy was the attitude… https://t.co/mPD2R8MZK1
Harrell was reportedly working with BET Networks on a three-part miniseries about Uptown Records.
He is the second music legend to die on Saturday, including the death of the founding father of rock, Little Richard.