Quinn Coleman, a DJ and A&R executive and son of former BET chief Debra Lee and Randy Coleman, died suddenly on Sunday, August 16 at the age of 31, according to a statement from his family.
A cause of death was not given at the time of the statement.
According to a statement from a rep for Lee: “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.”
Coleman worked as a DJ under the name Spiccoli (presumably from the character in “Fast Time at Ridgmont High”) and, since May 2018, as an A&R executive at Capitol Records where he signed the group Brasstracks, among other acts. Prior to his senior director position at Capitol, he spent four years at Warner Bros. Records as an A&R manager and a marketing coordinator.
Coleman started his career in music at Sirius XM where he interned before rising to music programming coordinator working across such channels as BPM, Tiesto’s Club Life, The Heat and Backspin.
RIP QUINN COLEMAN
A LEGENDARY PERSON, DJ, A&R, FRIEND, AND BROTHER
LOVE YOU FOREVER DUDE
CHECK ON YOUR FRIENDS EVERYDAY pic.twitter.com/s6FmGUSrRQ
— kennybeats (@kennybeats) August 17, 2020
Sending my prayers to the Coleman family, to my dogs Modi and Marty and to his friends and loved ones, man. Quinn is loved, bro. And we love y’all so much. And we’re here for y’all.
— That Ain't The DJ, That's My DJ (@CoryTownes) August 17, 2020
Rest In Peace, Quinn Coleman. You are missed. pic.twitter.com/3zqEBAFa0N
— Warner Records (@warnerrecords) August 17, 2020
— Wale (@Wale) August 17, 2020
Quinn Coleman wasn’t just our A&R, he was a close friend. when the time was right he took a chance on us and changed our lives. we spoke on the phone regularly. we had big plans. I just woke up to the news that he’s no longer with us. im still processing. RIP Quinn. ?
— brasstracks (@brasstracks) August 17, 2020