Beloved Def Jam Executive VP Shakir Stewart was responsible for signing acts like Young Jeezy, Rick Ross and Beyoncé. On November 1, 2008, Stewart was found with a gunshot wound to the head in the bathroom of his Atlanta home. He was pronounced dead after being transported to a local hospital, and the gunshot wound was reported as being self inflicted. Many of Shakir’s family and friends refused to believe that the 34-year-old mogul would take his own life and some conspiracy theories point to personal demons and ties with BMF as the cause of his death. In the books, his death remains a suicide.