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Ice Cube comments on passing of former NWA manager

By | Published on Tuesday 6 September 2016


Ice Cube has commented on the death of Jerry Heller, the former manager of NWA, who died on Friday aged 75.

Heller, of course, had a fractious relationship with the hip hop group he helped launch, and those tensions boiled over again last year in the wake of the release of the NWA biopic ‘Straight Outta Compton’. Heller sued pretty much everyone involved in the movie, claiming his portrayal in the film constituted defamation.

Some of those close to the former manager now say that the stress caused by the biopic contributed to his ill health and, ultimately, the heart attack that caused to his death last week. His lawyer Mickey Shapiro told TMZ: “Jerry Heller would be alive today if not for that movie”. While not commenting on those claims, Ice Cube conceded that Heller’s passing provided a time for reflection.

He told Detroit’s Local 4: “It’s just ironic that I’m here tonight with [fellow former NWA members] MC Ren and DJ Yella. We’ve come a long way, and you know, the passing of Jerry Heller is a thing, that’s a part of life. You know, you come here to pass away. We’re all going to definitely reflect on our time with Jerry, our ups and our downs”.