Chucky Thompson, Legendary Producer Behind Hits from Mary J. Blige and Notorious B.I.G., Dead at 53

Carl “Chucky” Thompson, a music producer who helmed hits for artists like Notorious B.I.G. and Mary J. Blige, has died. He was 53.

Thompson’s publicist Tamar Juda confirmed the news in a statement to USA TODAY on Monday. She did not disclose his cause of death.

“It is with a very heavy heart that I can confirm the passing of Chucky Thompson,” she wrote. “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.”

Audio engineer Gimel Androus Keaton, better known by his stage name Young Guru, mourned Thompson on Instagram Monday.

“There is nothing I can write that will take away this pain,” Keaton wrote, along with a photo of him with Thompson. “I have to say RIP to my mentor, my big brother, the man who changed my life forever.”

Keaton remembered Thompson as “the kindest person the world has ever seen” and “the most gifted musician.”

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SOURCE: USA Today, Charles Trepany