Why Did Shakir Stewart of Def Jam Kill Himself?

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SONIA MURRAY, DERRICK MAHONE from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

One of the music executives who helped make Atlanta the Motown of the South died this weekend of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Cobb County police said. Shakir Stewart, the 34-year-old executive vice president of Def Jam Recordings, was found about 4 p.m. Saturday in the bathroom of his house on Lindsey Drive in Marietta, said police spokeswoman Cassie Reece. Reese said Stewart shot himself with a handgun but wouldn't say who discovered him. Stewart was prounounced dead at Kennestone Hospital.

Stewart ran the day-to-day operations of Def Jam, the best-known hip-hop label in the country. He was named executive vice president about five months ago, succeeding rap superstar Jay-Z.

What?? Whenever guys around my age take themselves out it hits home for real. Of course everyone's gonna say something like, "but this guy was on top, blah, blah, blah." Yeah, but it's dark and lonely up there too. Sad.

His fiance talked about Stewart's deep personal pain:

On Sunday (November 2), his fiancée, Michelle Rivers, released a joint statement with the rest of his family.

"We would like to thank Shakir's friends for the tremendous outpouring of love and support we have received during this difficult time." "It has helped us to cope with our overwhelming grief and sadness. It is difficult to express or explain in words what led to the tragic occurrence on Saturday. 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. Please remember Shakir for who he was ... a wonderful father, partner, son and friend."

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Good riddance.

Man, sounds like it was semi-sudden...as in his spiral downward was not necessarily slow but "over the past several weeks." I guess i just imagine that someone who takes his own life thinks about it for months ? Maybe he was? Anyway, scary. How does this happen so quickly? I mean, how does no one notice different behavior prior to "the past several weeks?" What happened to the guy?

Man, sounds like it was semi-sudden...as in his spiral downward was not necessarily slow but "over the past several weeks." I guess i just imagine that someone who takes his own life thinks about it for months ? Maybe he was? Anyway, scary. How does this happen so quickly? I mean, how does no one notice different behavior prior to "the past several weeks?" What happened to the guy?

TIM D YOU ARE A TOTAL INSENSITIVE ASS!... SUICIDE IS A SELFISH ACT HOWEVER, THIS MAN WAS HUMAN AND HE MAY HAVE BEEN MENTALLY ILL AT THAT VERY MOMENT...PLESE NO COMMENTS WHEN THEY ARE NEGATIVE AND YOU DONT EXACTLY KNOW THE FACTS BECAUSE IT MAKES YOU LOOK LIKE AN IGNORANT JERK... MY HEART FELT SYMPATHY FOR THE FAMILY THEY ARE THE ONES THAT ARE LEFT WITH THE PAIN

Come on Tim D. Did he turn you down for a deal or something? Regardless of what happened in life, this is not the time to hold on to personal feelings. What if his kids see that comment? His mom? How would your folks feel if somebody responded about your death in that manner? There comes a point in life when a man needs to be a grown up. Grow up. Shakir was a cool cat. That is not to say that he was always right, but hell, who is? Respect the man for his accomplishments and respect the fact that he has a family. It is very obvious that your comment was personal. Stop wearing your emotions on your sleeve or you will never amount to s--t. You have no idea what that man was going through. If you did, you would realize how idiotic your comment was.

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Everyone try not to focus on Tim D's comment. It takes the focus off what is really at hand and that is Shakir. Demons are real and I think this brother had them. The industry is full of darkness, seems to me he needed prayer at the time his behavior began to change. I pray his children are not scared and the family seek GOD at this time. Everyone take time to prayer for celebrities they wrestle with darkness daily. Thank You Lord for this young mans life and his legacy in the positive.In Jesus name Amen....

jay made that shit happen

SAY BRUH
MY CUZIN KILLED HISSELF TOO
HE COULDNT HANDLE PRESSURE AND A WHOLE LOT OF THINGZ
SHAKIRR WAS A WEAK LINK JUS LIKE MY CUZIN AND
ANY OTHER SUICIDE BOMBER
THEY ARE NO DIFFERENT
PEOPLE THOUGHT DUDE COULD HOLD UP
HE WAS REALLY WEAK
WIT ALOT OF SECRETS

Shakir did not have to suffer in silence. The cowards at Def Jam should reveal what happened at the party. He sold his sold in order to climb the corporate ladder. LA Reid, Karma is real!!

2 me this is a moment we should stop and look at what it really is.. A black man taking his OWN life. Really..YOu have alot of people that put down black on black violence and say thos e ni**aas they really hate each other right..just anotha ni**a dead..naw I see it different.. black people should be proud of how strong they stand in the face of adversity. THAT is what this is really about.. How many white people would kill themselves in that situation..not many. WORD.

WEAK???? a suicide bomber is weak!?! thats stupid, point blank. how weak were those "terrorist" who bombed US for their country!!!!!! HOW MANY AMERICANS would do that in that fashion!?! AMERICANS KILL OURSELVES, SECRETLY; IF U WANNA CALL IT!!!!! EVERYBODY WANT HEAVEN BUT DONT WANT TO DIE!? MOTHAFUCKAZ ALWAYS WANNA JUDGE FROM THE OUTSIDE LOOKIN IN????!!! for alllllll WE know he was under bin ladens instructions and instead of going out blowing shit up he committed suicide.......YOU DONT KNOW WHAT WAS IN HIS MIND!!!! maybe he was a STRONG link!! THE GREAT DIE YOUNG, THE OLD IS STILL HERE TO MOLD!!!! the meek shall inherit this earth!!!!! and say bruh, YOURE KILLING YOURSELF SLOWLY AS WE SPEAK; BY LIVING YOURE DYING....SO WHOS WEAK!?!, youre ONLY doing it SLOWER!...............NOBODY knows what TRULY happen besides his family, so have respect, and enjoy u heard of a professional producer cause WE wont hear about your death!

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