N.W.A. former manager Jerry Heller is dead. The often controversial figure passed away on Friday afternoon in California, TMZ reported.
Sources say he suffered some kind of medical emergency while driving in Ventura County. His car slammed into a minivan before he was rushed to a local hospital for serious injuries. It’s unclear if he died from his injuries or from the medical emergency.
Heller is credited for helping one of the most notorious rap groups in history, N.W.A. comprising of Eazy-E, Ice Cube and Dr. Dre. But he was accused of stealing money from the group that resulted in a big fallout with Dre and Cube. Heller also founded Ruthless Records along with Eazy-E but Dr. Dre left and joined Death Row Records founded by Suge Knight.
Last year Heller filed a $110 million lawsuit against the producers of the N.W.A. biopic movie “Straight Outta Compton” for his portrayal in the film. He argued that the movie portrayed him. That lawsuit was still pending before he died.
Jerry Heller was age 75 at the time of his death.