Andre Harrell, a US record executive credited for shaping the music careers of a league of renowned artistes including Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, is dead aged 59.

Revolt, a music-oriented digital cable TV network founded by Diddy, broke the sad news in a statement on Saturday, although the cause of the record producer’s death wasn’t disclosed.

“We can confirm the passing of Andre Harrell. Everyone in the REVOLT family is devastated by the loss of our friend, mentor, and vice-chairman,” said Roma Khanna, the Revolt chief executive.

“Andre’s impact on Hip Hop, the culture, and on all of us personally has been immeasurable and profound. May he Rest In Peace.

“He was known to have the midas touch when it came to discovering and developing talent.

“He was responsible for changing the sound of R&B music and crossing artist and executives over into what was then known as ‘pop culture.”

Doubling as the founder of Uptown Records, Harrell served as the president/CEO of Motown Records and the first half of the hip-hop duo Dr. Jeckyll & Mr. Hyde.

He is acclaimed to be the man who turned Diddy into a music mogul, reportedly transforming the careers of Mary Blige, a US singer and actress, and Heavy D, a Jamaican-born American rapper.

The news of Harrell’s death has hit the hip-hop community hard as tributes continue to pour in.

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Another sad day😔🙏🏽 We've lost one of the greatest mentors in my life. I'm so happy I got to tell you 1 hour before the versus Battle, how much I respect and love you, as my big brother and mentor! The pep talk that you've giving me right before, felt like the same pep talks that you've given me the beginning of Uptown records, sleeping on the couch at your office (Brownstone) in BK. You chose me out of all the kids that you could have picked to work with you. I can replay IT in my head, all of the moments that I've taken the train and when I got my first car driving to Brooklyn, skipping school, and becoming that sponge just to learn and get my hands on that mixing board at Chung King Studios. I will never forget, all of these cherished moments and I will never forget you!!! 🙏🏽 🙏🏽 🙏🏽 I salute you…King of New Jack Swing👑👑👑 My condolences to the Harrell family & to my Uptown family 4life!!! #rip #greatest #legend #legacy #newjackswing #king

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