Chucky Thompson, ’90s Hip-Hop and R&B Producer With Bad Boy’s Hitmen, Dies

Chucky Thompson, one of the in-house producers (known as The Hitmen) whose ability to blend hip-hop and R&B at a pop scale helped Bad Boy Records become one of the preeminent labels of the ’90s, has died.

“It is with a very heavy heart that I can confirm the passing of Chucky Thompson,” his publicist Tamar Juda tells Billboard. “To anyone in his orbit, you know how generous he was with his energy, creativity and love. Both the music industry and the world has lost a titan.”

Producer and protege Young Guru also confirmed Thompson’s death on Instagram, writing “RIP to my mentor, my big brother, the man who changed my life forever… there will never be another you!!!!”

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