Jewell Caples, former Death Row Records talent once known as the label’s “First Lady,” has died. She was 53.
On Friday, the former head of Death Row security Reggie Wright Jr. stated she died around 5 a.m., according to Vibe, which was first to report the news.
Caples’ manager Timothy Beal also announced her passing in a statement to Entertainment Tonight on Saturday.
“Jewell was a very special woman with a big heart,” the statement read. “She had been a guest at my wedding back on February 12th of this year. We shared many many spiritual conversations. She had transformed her life from hardcore gangsta rap to faith-based gospel singer and songwriter.”
“We have been working diligently on her comeback, we wish we could have seen her make her big comeback. I will personally miss her a great deal. Goodbye to a great great friend and a very loving woman … RIP to her, gone but not forgotten. Her spirit will live on through her music for generations to come. Rest In Peace and Power,” the statement continued.
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SOURCE: PEOPLE, Shafiq Najib