*You could say he damn near lived up to his name ’cause he was hell raiser. We’re talking about former NWA manager and longtime associate of the late Easy-E, Jerry Heller, who died Friday of a heart attack at Los Robles Hospital in Thousand Oaks, CA. He was 75.
Sources close Heller told VladTV that Jerry was battling a heart condition and other health issues for the last few years. His last few photos and videos showed a dramatic weight loss.
Heller was best known for managing west coast rap supergroup and gangsta rap pioneers N.W.A and Eazy-E. He rose to prominence in the 1960s and ’70s, importing Elton John and Pink Floyd for their first major American tours, and representing Journey, Marvin Gaye, Joan Armatrading, Van Morrison, War, Average White Band, ELO, Eric Burdon, Crosby Stills and Nash, Ike & Tina Turner, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Otis Redding, The Who, Grand Funk Railroad, Black Sabbath, Humble Pie, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Four Tops, Dr. John, Jose Feliciano, The Grass Roots, and The Standells, among many others.
In the mid-1980s he worked with R&B and hip hop acts like Michel’le, World Class Wreckin’ Cru, J.J. Fad, The D.O.C., Egyptian Lover and L.A. Dream Team.
Heller played a role in the emergence of West Coast rap music when he cofounded Ruthless Records with Eazy-E and discovered, signed, or managed the likes of N.W.A, The Black Eyed Peas, Above the Law, The D.O.C., and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony.
At the time of his death, Jerry Heller was in the midst of a lawsuit over his depiction in the movie “Straight Outta Compton.”