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Legendary music exec Andre Harrell has passed away at age 59.

DJ D Nice confirmed the news on Instagram Live during his quarantine mix, announcing that he’d be cutting it short because the news was too much to bear.

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Harrell, who founded Uptown Records and part of the Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde rap duo in the 80s, was responsible for launching the careers of Mary J. Blige, Robin Thicke, Heavy D, Jodeci, Anthony Hamilton, Teddy Riley and more. In 1995, he became the president and CEO of Motown Records, overseeing Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross and Queen Latifah, all the while launching the careers of 98 Degrees and Mario Winans. As a mentor to Diddy, he later went on to work side-by-side with the rap mogul as president of Bad Boy Records and later, vice chairman of Revolt TV & Media. According to reports, Harrell had been working on a TV special about Uptown with BET.

Andre Harrell was responsible for discovering a generation of artists and his legacy will live on forever. See photos below!

Andre Harrell Dead: Hip-Hop Legend Passes Away at Age 59

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Mary J. Blige Honored With Star On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame Source:Getty

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Revolt x AT&T Host Revolt 3-Day Summit In Atlanta – September 12 Source:Getty

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Andre Harrel/NU America present 2002 American Music Awards After Party Source:Getty

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Gushcloud Los Angeles Opening Party Source:Getty

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Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring Collections 2003 - Rosa Cha Show - Front Row Source:Getty

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Andre Harrell Presents "Thicke" at Butter Source:Getty

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Patrick McMullan Archives Source:Getty

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Ashanti's 25th Birthday Surprise Party - Inside Source:Getty

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Baby Phat After Party V.I.P. Room - September 11, 2005 Source:Getty

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Teddy Riley Honored With A Star On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame Source:Getty

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Naomi Campbell Co-Hosts Sky Wednesdays at The 40/40 Club - February 9, 2005 Source:Getty

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Marc Anthony Pilots Jaguar's Tribute To Style - March 18, 2001 Source:Getty

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Heavy D File Photos Source:Getty

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Premiere Of Netflix's "The Black Godfather" Source:Getty

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Andre Harrell And Grandmater Flash At The Apollo Theater Source:Getty

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Andre Harrell Relaxes In A Nightclub Source:Getty

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Sean Combs 50th Birthday Bash Presented By Ciroc Vodka Source:Getty

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Revolt x AT&T Host Revolt 3-Day Summit In Atlanta – September 12 Source:Getty
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