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Stars Support Andre Harrell After Heart Surgery

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Thankful

for his health after extensive heart surgery, Hip-Hop/R&B mogul

Andre Harrell recently hosted a celebrity gala to celebrate his return

home.

The

party, held at Harrell’s New York property, featured such guests as

Mary J. Blige, Chris Rock, Jay-Z, and Warner Music chairman Lyor Cohen.

The

48-year old Harrell was hospitalized for an emergency quadruple heart

bypass procedure. The operation was conducted to prevent Harrell from

succumbing to coronary artery heart disease.

Andre

Harrell has been a fixture in the entertainment industry for over 20

years. He first gained success as a member of the early 80s rap duo Dr.

Jeckyll & Mr. Hyde.

The group spawned several successful singles in “Genius Rap,” “Fast Life,” and “AM/FM.”

After

disbanding, Harrell worked with Russell Simmons under his Rush

Communications imprint before founding Uptown Records in the late 80s.

Uptown

Records would leave Harrell his greatest musical legacy. The label is

responsible for starting the career of mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs, who

during his time there was responsible for spearheading the signings of

Mary J. Blige and Jodeci.

In

addition, Harrell’s leadership made Uptown one of the top urban labels

of the early to mid 90s, with such acts as Guy, Heavy D, Christopher

Williams, Monifah, and Soul 4 Real.

According

to the New York Post, Sean Combs remained at the hospital throughout

Harrell’s operation until he was successfully moved to the recovery

room.

At press time, Harrell is still convalescing from his major surgery, and has not announced his next professional endeavors.

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