Quinn Coleman, Son of Former BET Chief Debra Lee, Dead at 31

Quinn Coleman, the son of former BET chief Debra Lee and Randy Coleman, has passed away at age 31.

Coleman died suddenly on Sunday, according to a statement from Lee’s representative obtained by Variety. His cause of death has not been publicly disclosed.

“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,” the statement read.

In addition to DJing under the stage name “DJ Spicoli,” Coleman had been an A&R executive at Capitol Records since May 2018.

He also spent four years at Warner Bros. Records as an A&R manager and a marketing coordinator.

On Sunday, Brasstracks — one of the acts who Coleman had signed to Capitol — wrote a touching tribute on social media, saying they will dedicate their debut album, out August 21, to Coleman.

“Quinn’s positivity and passion was infectious, he made everyone around him feel good and always felt more than a friend than A&R,” the group wrote on Twitter. “He truly believed in us and worked so hard on this project with us. We were the first act he signed to Capitol and we were so proud to work with him. Quinn was family.”

Jeff Vaughn, president of Capital Records, added in a statement, “We are all devastated to learn of the untimely passing of our colleague and friend, Quinn Coleman. He will be greatly missed. We offer our deepest condolences to Quinn’s family and loved ones at this extremely difficult time.”

Last week, Procter & Gamble announced that they had appointed Debra Lee to its Board of Directors, making her the first Black woman to sit on the board.

Our condolences go out to Quinn’s family and loved ones for their loss.


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