The boss of US hip-hop music label Def Jam has shot himself dead.
Stewart had been responsible for day-to-day running of Def Jam
Shakir Stewart, 34, was found on Saturday afternoon in the bathroom of his home in the suburb of Marietta, Cobb County, Atlanta police spokeswoman Cassie Reece said.
He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead. Police described the shooting as self-inflicted.
Stewart had replaced Jay-Z as executive vice president of the New York-based company in June.
“Over the past several weeks, Shakir’s behaviour was inconsistent with the man we all know and love,” it said.
“As much as we all tried to help him, Shakir was in deep pain and largely suffering in silence.”
Stewart replaced Jay-Z
The label described Stewart as “a truly incredible friend and father who was an inspiration to not only our artists and employees, but to his family and the many people who had the privilege of counting him as a friend”.
Christopher Hicks, a fellow music executive and Stewart’s friend for 18 years, said he was “one of a kind”.
“Whatever happened over the past 24 hours is not a testament to who we all know,” Hicks said.