Andre Harrell, music exec who discovered Diddy, dies at 59

Obit Andre Harrell
Posted at 5:20 PM, May 09, 2020

NEW YORK (AP) — Andre Harrell, the Uptown Records founder who shaped the sound of hip-hop and R&B in the late ’80s and ’90s with acts such as Mary J. Blige and Heavy D and also launched the career of mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs, has died.

He was 59.

Diddy’s REVOLT company, where Harrell was vice chairman, confirmed the death Saturday.

Harrell launched his New York City-based label in 1986 and first found success with debut albums from Heavy D & the Boyz, Al B. Sure! and Guy, the R&B trio.