Jerry Heller, the legendary manager of Hip Hop group N.W.A., and long time business partner of Eazy E has passed away at the age of 75. Vlad TV reports that Heller has battled a heart condition and other health issues for the last few years, even though an official cause of death has not been released.
On top of managing N.W.A., Heller would create Hip Hop imprint Ruthless Records, with Eazy E, which had N.W.A., along with Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, The DOC, Michel’le, JJ Fad as well as Eazy-E’s solo career. Before managing N.W.A., Heller managed Marvin Gaye, Ike and Tina Turner, Otis Redding, War, Average White Band, Black Sabbath (Ozzy Osbourne’s original group), the Four Tops and others. He also managed The World Class Wreckin’ Cru (which included Dr. Dre and DJ Yella) and CIA (which included Ice Cube) before meeting Eazy-E in 1987 and co-founding Ruthless Records with him.
Before his death, Heller was in litigation over his depiction in the N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton.