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.
RIP QUINN COLEMAN— kennybeats (@kennybeats) August 17, 2020
A LEGENDARY PERSON, DJ, A&R, FRIEND, AND BROTHER
LOVE YOU FOREVER DUDE
CHECK ON YOUR FRIENDS EVERYDAY pic.twitter.com/s6FmGUSrRQ
Quinn Coleman wasn’t just our A&R, he was a close friend. 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.— brasstracks (@brasstracks) August 17, 2020
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.— That Ain't The DJ, That's My DJ (@CoryTownes) August 17, 2020
RIP Quinn Coleman. Thankful for your friendship and the positivity you brought to every room.— Joshton Peas (@joshtonpeas) August 17, 2020
RIP Quinn Coleman - truly one of the kindest people in the industry, you will be missed— jordan (@spicyfusilli) August 17, 2020
I can’t believe I’m typing this... RIP Quinn “Spicoli” Coleman the DMV lost a legend today. God, please give us the strength and overwhelming peace during this tragic season. Give his family peace. Amen pic.twitter.com/M8rN5jxq9U— Sabrina Vaz-Holder (@sabrinafvholder) August 17, 2020
R.I.P. to my dawg Quinn “Spicoli” Coleman pic.twitter.com/r5lTH3jieb— Bizness Boi (@BiznessBoi) August 17, 2020
RIP Quinn Coleman. No one could make me laugh this hard at 4:30AM. pic.twitter.com/k8UhGcKhbQ— Jamie (@JayElHarris) August 17, 2020
I owe a lot of my success to QUINN COLEMAN.. bro from the jump was real, introduced me to a lot of folks and always had love to share. This one hit heavy.— Ish. (@ish90033) August 17, 2020
rip quinn coleman— Ethan c. (@EtholGucci) August 17, 2020