R&B’s Jewell Caples, ‘the first lady of Death Row Records,’ dies at age 53

The music world was shocked and saddened to learn that rap and R& B performer Jewell Caples, known as “the first lady of Death Row Records,” died Friday at the age of 53, as BET reported.

Caples’ passing was confirmed by former collaborator and colleague at the renowned music label, Daz Dillinger and Reggie Wright Jr, former head of Death Row Records’ security detail, though no cause of death was provided.

Throughout her storied career, Chicago native Caples worked on projects with legendary acts including Snoop Dogg, 2Pac, Dr. Dre, and N.W.A., according to Vibe.

The late performer also saw success as a solo artist, reaching number 72 on the Billboard Hot 100 with her cover rendition of the Shirley Brown hit “Woman to Woman,” a single that went all the way to number 16 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop chart.

Though Caples drifted away from the industry in recent years, she turned her talents toward a career in writing and commentary, self-publishing a memoir entitled My Blood My Sweat My Tears and making multiple appearances on YouTube channel “The Art of Dialogue.”

The sad news about Caples’ demise comes mere months after she announced on social media that she had a close call during a hospitalization in which she was found to have eight pounds of fluid retained in her heart, lungs, and legs, as Vibe further noted.

Chronicling her harrowing medical experience, Caples explained on Instagram, “I almost died! Was supposed to be airlifted to another facility.”

“GOD reverse [sic] my symptoms and extended me some GRACE! And gave me more time with my family and friends! Thank you JESUS for saving my life again! GOD IS REAL!” Caples declared, but sadly, her reprive proved to be short-lived.

In addition to the friends and family she leaves behind to mourn her death, Caples will surely be remembered by millions of rap and R&B fans who admired the distinctive contributions she made during a truly groundbreaking era for those genres.