Uptown Records Founder Andre Harrell Dies Suddenly

Music industry staple Andre Harrell has died suddenly.

(AllHipHop News) Andre Harrell, one of the pioneers of Hip-Hop and music business, has died suddenly at the age of 59.

Industry sources have told AllHipHop exclusively that the music mogul died suddenly, but do not yet know the cause of death. News of Harrell’s passing traveled fast and the dedications were swift as the mogul was a pillar in rap and R&B.

Harrell’s roots in Hip-Hop are deep. he started as a rapper in a group called Dr. Jeckyll & Mr. Hyde and later would go on to found Uptown Records, home of Mary J. Blige, Jodeci and Father MC. Harrell also infamously fired Sean “Diddy” Combs when he worked for Uptown Records, forcing him to be  into a music mogul. He also served at the president/CEO of Motown Records. Diddy and Harrell remained close and would continue to work together. Harrell would serve as the vice-chairman at Revolt and co-found the Revolt Music Conference.

The music industry and friends of Mr. Harrell responded to the news swiftly with love and admiration. 

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Heartbreaking – No words, my best friend 💔 always compassionate, good-hearted, full of love and.. what a beautiful legacy he leaves in this world… All the inspiration, direction and support he gave to so many… So many can say they are successful because Andre Harrell gave them their start. He was so beloved because he made his living uplifting others… We celebrate him in his passing because we were so blessed for his presence… He gave everything he had. God makes the best plans R.I.P @andreharrell

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My prayers go out to all the family. GOD BLESS 💔You were the beginning for so many and a genuine positive energy through it all … I salute you KING!!🕊🕊🕊🕊

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AllHipHop sends condolences and love to the family, friends and fans of Mr. Andre Harrell. 

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