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Former N.W.A. Manager Jerry Heller Dead At 75

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The man who brought the world N.W.A., the influential rap group of nearly three decades ago, has died.

Jerry Heller had a medical emergency while driving his car in Ventura County, California, on Friday, and during the incident, slammed into another car.

He was taken to the hospital with serious injuries, and later pronounced dead — though, as TMZ reports, it's unclear if he died from the initial medical emergency or the ensuing crash.

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Heller was both ground breaking and controversial as N.W.A.'s manager, bringing Eazy-E to the world and changing the trajectory of rap music forever, and yet mired in accusations that he hid money from members of the rap group, made famous again most recently in Straight Outta Compton, for years.

Both Dr. Dre and Ice Cube felt Heller was straight up stealing from them.

Heller, mad at his portrayal in the movie, even went so far as to file a $110 million defamation lawsuit against the producers of Straight Outta Compton, a case that was still active when he died.

Years before N.W.A., he worked with many huge rock and soul acts in the 1960s and 1970s, too, including Pink Floyd, Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding, and The Who.

Heller was 75 years old. R.I.P.

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