Jerry Heller, the original manager for N.W.A, has died according to sources with

The business man was widely recognized as the man that helped bring the controversial group to the masses along with Eazy-E.

The cause death is not yet known.

As a manager and business man, Heller began representing mainstream acts like Journey, Marvin Gaye, Joan Armatrading, Van Morrison, War, Average White Band, Ike & Tina Turner, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Otis Redding, The Who, Grand Funk Railroad, Black Sabbath, Humble Pie, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Four Tops, and many more in the 1960’s and 70’s. However, when he started working with Hip-Hop pioneer Eric “Eazy-E” Wright, Heller’s career took on new life.

He was the co-founder Ruthless Records with Eazy-E, a label that sold over 100 million records and launched the music careers Wright, N.W.A, Michel’le,J.J. Fad, The D.O.C.,Above The Law and others.

Rapper King T, a West Coast Staple, sent a message on his social media.


#RIP Mr. Jerry Heller! and thank you.. #NWA

— King T (@kingtla) September 3, 2016