Quinn Coleman has passed away. The 31-year-old is the son of former BET CEO Debra Lee and was the senior director of A&R at Capitol Records. On Monday (Aug. 17), tributes flooded social media as friends and colleagues reacted to the tragic news.
“RIP QUINN COLEMAN,” producer Kenny Beats tweeted. “A LEGENDARY PERSON, DJ, A&R, FRIEND, AND BROTHER. LOVE YOU FOREVER DUDE. CHECK ON YOUR FRIENDS EVERYDAY.”
“Quinn Coleman wasn’t just our A&R, he was a close friend,” the band Brasstracks added. “When the time was right he took a chance on us and changed our lives. we spoke on the phone regularly. we had big plans. I just woke up to the news that he’s no longer with us. im still processing. RIP Quinn.”
According to a statement from a representative of Lee, Quinn was pronounced dead on Sunday (Aug. 16), though cause of his death is unknown. He had an extensive career in the music industry and was also a successful DJ, who went by the name DJ Spicoli.
“Quinn Coleman, son of Debra Lee and Randy Coleman, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, August 16 at the age of 31. The cause of death is unknown,” the statement read. “Quinn was a loving son, brother, cousin and friend, a passionate DJ and A&R executive with a bright future ahead of him. Debra and her family are devastated by Quinn’s passing and ask for privacy and respect as they grieve together.”
“Quinn Coleman is a legend in this cultural thing that we all live in. The genius, the talent, the personality. He’s one of the great ones. He gave us so much and I know he was gonna give us so much more…” a friend added on Twitter. “…Sending my prayers to the Coleman family, to my dogs Modi and Marty and to his friends and loved ones, man. Quinn is loved, bro. And we love y’all so much. And we’re here for y’all.”
We offer our sincerest condolences to Quinn’s friends and family at this time. See some Twitter reactions to Quinn’s passing below. Rest in Peace.