Def Jam Boss Dead

Shakir Stewart, the executive vice president of Def Jam Records, died Saturday of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 34 years old. The New York Post reports that Stewart signed Rick Ross, Young Jeezy, and other artists before succeeding Jay-Z in June; at Hitco, where he worked previously, he signed Beyoncé. Stewart’s fiancée released a statement saying, “Over the past several weeks, Shakir’s behavior was inconsistent with the man we all know and love. As much as we all tried to help him, Shakir was in deep pain and largely suffering in silence."