MTV confirmed that Executive VP at Def Jam, Shakir Stewart, committed suicide Saturday (November 1st) in his Marietta, Ga. home.
Stewart was 34 years-old. Reports say that he died from a self-inflicted gun shot wound to the head.
Island Def Jam Music Group released the following statement upon hearing news of the death:
"L.A. Reid and all of us at Island Def Jam Music Group are deeply saddened by the passing of our dear friend and colleague Shakir Stewart. Shakir was an amazing man in every sense of the word. A truly incredible friend and father who was an inspiration to not only our artists and employees, but to his family and the many people that had the privilege of counting him as a friend. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family at this very difficult time."
Stewart was promoted from his position as Senior VP, A&R of Def Jam Recordings to Executive VP back in June.
During his career, Stewart was responsible for the signings of such artists as Young Jeezy and Rick Ross.
Condolences to the Stewart Family.