Former Motown Records president and chief executive JHERYL BUSBY,who helped launch the careers of Boyz II Men and Queen Latifah, has died.
Busby was found on Tuesday (04Nov08) in a hot tub at his home in Malibu, California, the Los Angeles County Assistant Coroner Chief Ed Winter has confirmed. The 59-year-old's official cause of death has yet to be determined, but it is believed that no foul play was involved.
Busby began his career in music at the famed Stax Records in Memphis, Tennessee, and later went on to become the president of the black music division of MCA Records in 1984.
In 1988, he was named the president and chief executive officer of Motown Records, where he oversaw acts like Boyz II Men, Queen Latifah and Johnny Gill.
And soul legend Smokey Robinson maintains Busby's death is a great loss for the music industry.
In a statement, Robinson says: "I had tremendous respect for the way he continued the Motown legacy... My condolences to his family at this difficult time."