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Andre Harrell speaks onstage during Sean Combs 50th Birthday Bash presented by Ciroc Vodka on December 14, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.
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Mariah Carey, Teddy Riley, Monifah And More React To Andre Harrell's Death

The entertainment industry lost Andre Harrell, a music veteran and one of black music's most influential pioneers. Known for being one half of rap duo Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde and pushing for the fresh sounds of blackness, Harrell made his mark with the conception of Uptown Records, a record label that would later birth the music careers of Sean "Diddy" Combs, Al B Sure, Mary J. Blige, Jodeci, Heavy D & The Boyz, Monifah, Soul for Real and more.

After hearing of the executive's untimely death, a slew of artists who worked with Harrell or crossed paths with him headed to their designated social media accounts to honor the late great Andre Harrell.

"Why Andre," tweeted Mariah Carey with tearful emojis. "My heart is breaking and I can't stop crying. He was an amazing friend and I will miss him forever."

"Pioneer, visionary, renaissance man... just a few adjectives that describe @andreharrell," wrote Monifah in the caption of her Instagram post. "You've made an indelible mark on black music & culture."

After revealing the news during his late-night Club Quarantine Instagram Live set, DJ Nice shared a post of Harrell writing, "Truly heartbroken. Rest peacefully, Andre Harrell."

Late last year, it was announced that Harrell, 59, would partner with BET for a3-part miniseries based on the story of his Uptown Records label. No word on whether production has started not he film. It's unclear the cause of death. Our hearts and prayers go out to his dear family and friend.

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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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Truly heartbroken. Rest peacefully, Andre Harrell. 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾

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Dude. #AndreHarrell 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 Jam was the artform. Bad Boy was the attitude Death Row was the muscle But without even knowing it? Uptown was ALWAYS the party. I’m sitting here going through my crates STUNNED at the amount of six degree to Andre records I’ve spun weekly on a regular basis for the last 35 years yo. The is a staggering loss. We never gave Andre Harrell his flowers. Name em: Al B Sure/Heavy D & The Boyz/Guy/. I mean mentoring Diddy alone brings in Jodeci/BIG/Mary J/Father MC/Christopher Williams—-and even in those names the success with THOSE artists come Missy/Timb/Neptune’s But let’s not stop there: first time we really paid attention to Halle Berry was in a Harrell film called Strictly Business Let’s throw “Candy Rain” in there or Lil Shawn’s “I Made Love”—-I may be dating myself but man Mgruff’s “Before We Start” got MUCH play round my way. Jeff Redd (who brought Blidge to the label) had a banger with “You Called And Told Me”—-“Touch It” from Monifah STILL bangs to this day. & back to Diddy, I’m absolutely w/o a doubt certain that he feels his success is also Harrell’s success so in a round about way there is no Bad Boy w/o Harrell. (Lemme also remember Daryl Chill Mitchell’s “Hip Hop’s Here To Stay” another classic uptown jawn. Horace Brown too..... Too Many Classics Let’s not forget NY Undercover & all the clever music moments in each ep. We never gave him his flowers. This isn’t even half of his achievements nor does this even bring to light the people’s lives he changed or his loved ones left behind. He literally introduced a new sound to the world (the first new jack swing projects were on Uptown)—-wait hold that——his label changed music TWICE because hip hop soul’s music picked up where New Jack left off and on the same label. Such a short time to paradigm shift music TWICE!!!!!!!! Damn man. We never gave him his flowers man. 😣

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Your life’s work - was the soundtrack to our lives. Your legacy will never die. You’ll live on in all of us. RIP Andre Harrell.

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Long Live Andre Harrell. 🕊🕊🕊🕊

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I am heart broken 💔

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One of our elders. One of our pioneers. One of one. Rest in paradise @andreharrell 🙏🏾

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