Uptown Records founder and former head of Mo Town Records, Andre Harell has died at the age of 59.
The veteran music executive who discovered Sean Combs better known as Diddy and later went on to head Motown Records.
DJ D Nice, a DJ for popular Club Quarantine series announced the sad news on Instagram Live, Friday night and several US media houses have confirmed his passing away
Harrell started his career as an artiste, a member of the rap duo Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde, whose single “Genius Rap” was a hit in 1981.
In 1983, Harrell teamed with Russell Simmons, the founder of Def Jam Records, and became vice president and later General Manager of the label.
In 1986 , he founded Uptown Records, and signed the then young P.Diddy. He later went on to head Mo Town records. Harrell also launched the careers of Mary J.Blige, Al B. Sure and Jodeci.