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Jerry Heller’s vehicle struck the back of a mini-van and he was taken to Los Robles Hospital, where he died just before 10:30 p.m., a coroner’s official confirmed to CBS Los Angeles.
Heller co-founded Ruthless Records with Eazy-E, which released N.W.A’s seminal album “Straight Outta Compton” in 1988, launching the West Coast gangsta rap movement. Ruthless was also behind such artists as J.J. Fad, Michel’le and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. He also worked with legends like Elton John, Pink Floyd and Creedence Clearwater Revival.
Actor Paul Giamatti played the veteran music manager in last year’s hit film “Straight Outta Compton.” Heller sued the film’s producers for defamation after its release, claiming it portrayed him as a villain.
Heller’s cousin, Gary Ballen said Saturday.
“It made him look bad, like he stole money from (Eazy) or something, which never happened.”
“They just rewrote history. And because of that, he had this lawsuit and it’s been going on and on. It really stressed him out having to deal with all this stuff.”
Ballen said his cousin was “always kind of tormented” by his parting with Eazy and the label. In 2006, Heller released “Ruthless: A Memoir,” which Ballen said was being adapted for the screen.
CelebNHealth247.com would like to say goodbye to Mr. Heller, RIP.
We worked with him on the “Ruthless: A Memoir,”film adaptation. We hit many roadblocks with him and Eazy’s wife. The project NEVER got off the ground since Heller and Eazy’s widow, Tomica Wright could NEVER find common ground to work together. The movie was stale mate because she would NOT allow Heller any rights to his music for the film. Without the music, there was no film.
Heller had a history of heart problems and suffered from diabetes.
Besides Ballen, Heller is survived by a brother and a nephew.