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Late Def Jam VP Shakir Stewart's Family Speaks Out

Shakir Stewart's family has released a statement, along with his fiance Michelle Rivers, about his apparent suicide over the weekend.  The family has stated that his behavior over the past few weeks was very much out of the norm for him and seemed to be in extremely deep pain despite help from family and friends: On Sunday (November 2), his fiancée, Michelle Rivers, released a joint statement with the rest of his family.
"We would like to thank Shakir's friends for the tremendous outpouring of love and support we have received during this difficult time.  It has helped us to cope with our overwhelming grief and sadness. It is difficult to express or explain in words what led to the tragic occurrence on Saturday. Over the past several weeks, Shakir's behavior was inconsistent with the man we all know and love. As much as we all tried to help him, Shakir was in deep pain and largely suffering in silence. Please remember Shakir for who he was ... a wonderful father, partner, son and friend."
  Christopher Hicks, a friend of 18 years and fellow music executive, last spoke with Stewart about a week ago:
“Whatever happened over the past 24 hours is not a testament to who we all know,” Hicks said Sunday. “He was a one-of-a-kind individual. If you looked on his Blackberry [stamp] it said ‘One of one.’
Stewart was 34 years old. Cobb County Police spokeswoman Cassie Reece was quoted in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, telling the paper that his body was found in the bathroom of his home around 4 p.m. Saturday.  Apparently the earlier reports of him being found in his NY apt. were incorrect.  He was taken to Kennestone hospital with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound and later pronounced dead.  Such sad news.  R.I.P.
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[quote comment="265338"]Craig

[quote comment="265338"]Craig and Em, you two are delusional. GOD is the answer. People get so caught up in this world and the THINGS of this world, that they think every problem either shouldn't happen or needs to be cleared up immediately. Sorry to inform you but that's not the way it is. We ALL go through hard times and it's true, GOD will not put more on you than you can bear. I hate to be rude and insensitive but the weak will always give in. Don't blame GOD, CHRISTIANITY or the CHURCH. Blame the world and it's wicked ways.[/quote] Not to get off on an off-topic debate, but saying this man was "weak" because he didn't "pray" enough or believe in your idea of "god" is falling into the same traps that keep our people stuck where we are. That is the same thing white fundamentalist Christians said about the Hurricaine Katrina victims, "They deserved it due to their sinful ways..." And the same thing that people who follow "The Secret" said, "Those Katrina victims weren't thinking positively enough." It's past time that we as a people stop relying solely on things like playing the lottery, 1,000 yr old myths and waiting for reparation handouts. Okay, before everyone goes ballistic: you are entitled to your beliefs. I'm just saying keep in mind that working hard is the best way to help yourself and others. And sometimes things happen that are outside of our control that make it more difficult. It's not some goblin/devil out there that made you late for work...you just shouldn't have slept through your alarm due to you being out clubbin' all night!
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My prayers go out to his

My prayers go out to his family. I would like to say that help is always near but only if you embrace it. Be it prayer or professional help. I would like to say to the the YBF family. If you need advice or just words of engouragement post it here if nothing else you would recieve a wide range of advice. Something or someone might just hit the nail on the head and lead you in the right direction. PEACE TO ALL!
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I know exactly what the

I know exactly what the family & his fiancée are going through. This Christmas, it will be 11 yrs that I was walking in their shoes as the fiancée of someone who committed suicide. I understand what they mean when they say they tried to help. We tried to help also, seeking professional and spiritual help for him when we recognized the signs. For those who are believers of the word of God, you should know that everyday you are alive; there is a spiritual battle for your soul. Depression, one of the tools used against God’s people, is a very deceptive mind sickness. Sometimes, a depressed/suicidal mind is so far gone because in their eyes, there will never ever be a brighter day. That’s how so many are lost in their Christian walk by becoming very delusional and losing faith. Many of our black folks frown upon psychiatry and therapy because we rely heavily upon our religious beliefs & upbringings. True, God does not place more on you than you can bare. However, faith without works is dead and the book of Proverbs tells you all about the importance of seeking & obtaining wisdom. After dealing with this event, I have chosen to believe that if push comes to shove, there is nothing wrong with seeking mental help in addition to the spiritual help for myself or for recommendation to others. When we are physically sick, many Christians go to the doctor in addition to speaking in faith and/or being surrounded by strong prayer warriors about their healings. What makes depression any different? I will never place all of my hope and faith in doctors, but God placed them here to help us. As long as I am in my right mind and can afford it, I will seek their knowledge that GOD has blessed them to obtain and continue to stand strong on the promises of HIS word.
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Andrea and Tiff: May you nor

Andrea and Tiff: May you nor a loved one ever suffer an emotional pain so deep that life as you know it is contemplated. Whether you consider yourselves to be strong or weak, your lack of compassion and ingorance based statements show that deep inside you a weakness resides. Simply put, if you have nothing nice to say, show some class and say nothing at all. *shakes head*
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Im jus sayin too..., he

Im jus sayin too..., he couldnt wait till after the election??? DAMN!
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[quote comment="265183"][quote comment="265072"][quote comment="264980"]God will not put anything on you that you cannot bare. R.I.P.[/quote] Hmmm... I beg to differ. If this was the case people wouldn't kill themselves. I have a friend who was raised in the church with that same quote drummed into her head. She took her life 6 months ago, so obviously whatever it was was more than could be bared...[/quote] Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. It's possible that some do not look beyond the problem or be patient, let go, and let God. Don't know your friends situation, but am sad for both. R.I.P.[/quote] such a true statement!
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Craig and Em, you two are

Craig and Em, you two are delusional. GOD is the answer. People get so caught up in this world and the THINGS of this world, that they think every problem either shouldn't happen or needs to be cleared up immediately. Sorry to inform you but that's not the way it is. We ALL go through hard times and it's true, GOD will not put more on you than you can bear. I hate to be rude and insensitive but the weak will always give in. Don't blame GOD, CHRISTIANITY or the CHURCH. Blame the world and it's wicked ways.
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[quote

[quote comment="265072"][quote comment="264980"]God will not put anything on you that you cannot bare. R.I.P.[/quote] Hmmm... I beg to differ. If this was the case people wouldn't kill themselves. I have a friend who was raised in the church with that same quote drummed into her head. She took her life 6 months ago, so obviously whatever it was was more than could be bared...[/quote] Exactly, I think religion (especially Christianity) is the indirect cause for a lot of Depression that black people acquire. The church and their beliefs create so much guilt in people for their "sins" that it drives them to this point where they feel they have no one to talk to, not even "god". Who knows what Shakir was going through but its doubtful it was something as simple as "job stress" or the election. Suicide should be an option for anyone, its your life to end if you feel you can't go on. This was his choice, albeit one made 'possibly' under the suffering of some kind of mental illness. His friends and family said they tried to help him, what more could be done? Pray? As we know, that doesn't help in these situations...
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[quote

[quote comment="265072"][quote comment="264980"]God will not put anything on you that you cannot bare. R.I.P.[/quote] Hmmm... I beg to differ. If this was the case people wouldn't kill themselves. I have a friend who was raised in the church with that same quote drummed into her head. She took her life 6 months ago, so obviously whatever it was was more than could be bared...[/quote] Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. It's possible that some do not look beyond the problem or be patient, let go, and let God. Don't know your friends situation, but am sad for both. R.I.P.
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[quote comment="264980"]God

[quote comment="264980"]God will not put anything on you that you cannot bare. R.I.P.[/quote] Hmmm... I beg to differ. If this was the case people wouldn't kill themselves. I have a friend who was raised in the church with that same quote drummed into her head. She took her life 6 months ago, so obviously whatever it was was more than could be bared...
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R.I.P.

R.I.P.
dellyboo's picture

God will not put anything on

God will not put anything on you that you cannot bare. Faith is the key. Everyone doesn't know this though. Obviously something wasn't right with him though, hope his family can pick up the pieces. R.I.P.
Avanti's picture

Knowledge of the creator is

Knowledge of the creator is sufficient for all ones needs; sucicide is not an option (if you truly believe). Whatever we may go through as a people, it will eventually get better. Prayers go out to his family and all those connected and touched by this tragedy.
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I didn't hear about this over

I didn't hear about this over the weekend, very sad story! Thanks for the notice Tash!
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Good Morning Everyone, This

Good Morning Everyone, This is a very sad story, my thoughts and prayers are with the family at this sad time...
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[quote comment="264909"][quote comment="264904"][quote comment="264901"]Wow, he must have been suffering inside his mind. He could at least wait until the election. Come on![/quote] Seriously? Wow what a compassionate comment. It is obvious that anyone who takes their own life is suffering inside their mind.[/quote] Wow! This is the state of someones mental and they lost the battle. Something tells me he had bigger things on his mind to HIM than the election. His friends and family will always wonder if they could have done something to change his mind. I understand all the excitement around the election but have some compassion and ask yourself WWBD,What would Barack do? He would offer the family his deepest sympathy and react in a manner that is classy,tastful and compassionate and i hope you would too.[/quote] You could not have stated it better. When I read that comment, I too was thinking that the last thing someone who is suffering would think about would be a damn election. She would have been better off not posting a comment at all if she could not find it in her hear to be compassionate.
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[quote

[quote comment="264904"][quote comment="264901"]Wow, he must have been suffering inside his mind. He could at least wait until the election. Come on![/quote] Seriously? Wow what a compassionate comment. It is obvious that anyone who takes their own life is suffering inside their mind.[/quote] Wow! This is the state of someones mental and they lost the battle. Something tells me he had bigger things on his mind to HIM than the election. His friends and family will always wonder if they could have done something to change his mind. I understand all the excitement around the election but have some compassion and ask yourself WWBD,What would Barack do? He would offer the family his deepest sympathy and react in a manner that is classy,tastful and compassionate and i hope you would too.
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[quote comment="264902"]Very

[quote comment="264902"]Very sad story. I pray that his family can cope and eventually find some peace somehow. There are many men and women walking around suferring in silence and are functionally depressed. Why is this?[/quote] it happens.
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R.I.P sad story..

R.I.P sad story..
Debouh's picture

[quote comment="264901"]Wow,

[quote comment="264901"]Wow, he must have been suffering inside his mind. He could at least wait until the election. Come on![/quote] Seriously? Wow what a compassionate comment. It is obvious that anyone who takes their own life is suffering inside their mind.
Fro-tastic's picture

Very sad story. I pray that

Very sad story. I pray that his family can cope and eventually find some peace somehow. There are many men and women walking around suferring in silence and are functionally depressed. Why is this?
Fro-tastic's picture

Wow, he must have been

Wow, he must have been suffering inside his mind. He could at least wait until the election. Come on!
Andrea's picture

Morn-ting YBF!! Happy

Morn-ting YBF!! Happy Monday!! I feel terrible for this family...my prayers are with them...
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This is truly sad. Pray for

This is truly sad. Pray for his family and friends so they can cope with this loss.
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