It’s with extremely heavy hearts that we report the passing of Andre Harrell. While his cause of death is unclear, the news has just circulated that the 59-year-old passed away—news that was delivered by DJ D-Nice as he was performing one of his popular Instagram Live Club Quarantine sessions. There hasn’t yet been an official statement released from Harrell’s camp.

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His name may be unfamiliar to some, but the impact that Andre Harrell had on the music industry is insurmountable. He was responsible for signing Sean “Puffy” Combs to his very first record deal and was the founder of Uptown Records, a label that held artists like Al B. Sure!, Christopher Williams, Biggie, Jodeci, Guy, Heavy D. & The Boyz, Father MC, Mary J. Blige, Soul 4 Real, and many others. Harrell would also serve as the President and CEO of Motown Records for a time as well as the Vice president and General Manager of Def Jam. At the time of his passing, Harrell held the position of Vice Chairman of REVOLT TV & Media.

As this news is fresh, we expect there to be many reactions from industry professionals and performers about Andre Harrell no longer being with us. We send our heartfelt condolences to his family, friends, and fans. Read through a few tweets about him below.

Bianca DeVeaux@HouseOfDeVeaux

Sitting here crying while playing Heavy D’s “Peaceful Journey” Andre Harrell created a part of black culture that can’t be duplicated. Young, fly, sexy, and creative! I hope he left us knowing HE WAS BLACK EXCELLENCE

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Shelby Ivey Christie


Andre Harrell always dressed like a mogul. Hip-Hop was in its infancy. I can only imagine the respectability politics at the time…

I think the optics of him, in the music industry, said something. To me it was — Just bcuz it’s “urban” doesn’t mean its not real business 👔💼💰

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Uptown Records changed the fucking game. Rest In Peace to Andre Harrell, an innovator and true icon in this culture that we consume every single day.

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Jamil Smith


The music that came through Uptown Records, undeniably, helped shape my musical tastes during my teenage years. I owe much to Andre Harrell, whom I never met. He was only 59 years old. We keep seeing so many black folks die so early. I’m worn down by it. 

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Andre Harrell, Music Executive Who Signed Sean ‘Puffy’ Combs, Dies at 59

Andre Harrell, a music executive who signed Sean ‘Puffy’ Combs and later went on to head Motown Records, has died at 59.

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BREAKING NEWS: While @djdnice was spinning tonight on IG Live in , he announced that legendary music man Andre Harrell has died. He was 59. Just stunning. Harrell founded Uptown Records and paved the way for many in the music industry.

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ashton kutcher


Andre Harrell, wishing safe travels to your beautiful soul.

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🏁 Jamal Crawford


RIP to the legend Andre Harrell. Prayers to his friends and family..

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“my goal is to bring real Black america-just as it is, not watered down-to people everywhere through music, through films, through everything we do.” – andre harrell

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Tariq Nasheed 🇺🇸


The legendary Andre Harrell has passed away today.
This was the man behind one of the greatest, most influential record labels ever, Uptown Records

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Wells P@Wells_P

Without Andre Harrell, you get no P Diddy, no Mary J, no Guy, no Heavy D, no Biggie, no Soul 4 Real.. none of that! LEGEND

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“For the culture” is used very loosely nowadays. Andre Harrell was that and then some. Thank you. 🙏🏾

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A Monster Ring Stan Account@bigthighgemini

We may have never known Diddy or Mary J. Blige if it wasn’t for him.

Founder of Uptown Records who housed Heavy D., Al B. Sure, Jodeci, Biggie, and Guy amongst other acts.

The 90’s wouldn’t have been the same without Andre Harrell.

Rest in peace.

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Jabari Sr.@FLEXIN3X

For anybody that didn’t know..

Mary J Blige
Al B Sure
Soul For Real
Lost Boyz
Father MC
Christopher Williams

…all on Uptown.

RIP Andre Harrell.

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ashley yates@brownblaze

😳 DNice just announced that Andre Harrell died. I’m stunned.

What a loss. 😔

We lost a titan today. A true titan of Black music. Rest in power, Mr. Harrell.

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Mello Styles KTVO 🅙@MelloStylesTV

broke the news to many of us that Andre Harrell has passed away. Harrell was the Founder of Uptown Records and once upon a time President/CEO of Motown Records. Harrell was 59 years old.

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Reginald Hudlin


Andre Harrell was a friend, a mentor, and an innovator. What a tragic loss. 

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S. Williams@ShakWills

Damn. D-Nice just mentioned that Andre Harrell passed away. Man. Death has been ruthless this year.

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Hold On Be Strong


Dude. man.

He gave you the best soundtracks of your life man and you didn’t even know it. We never gave him his flowers.

He redefined the party!

Def Jan was the artform.
Bad Boy was the attitude… 

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IG: FarrahGray_@FarrahGray_

Andre Harrell

The man who gave us Diddy, Jodeci and many more has died.

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the legendary music exec Andre Harrell. It is with sadness that we must confirm he has passed away. Sending love to his family and all his fans.

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