Reports have flooded in about producer Disco D, who reportedly committed suicide early Tuesday morning (January 23). According to Sohh.com, Benny Blanco, who is close to the producer, confirmed the death, but declined to comment.
“We have no comment. We send our deepest condolences,” Benny told SOHH.com. “He was loved and will be truly missed.”
Details regarding his death are still sketchy, but sources close to Disco D (real name: David Shayman) told BallerStatus.com that he had recently split from his Brazilian fiance and was having a hard time coping with the break up.
He also suffered from depression and was diagnosed as bipolar.
The producer had over 10 years of experience in the music industry beginning his career in the dance scene in Detroit, Michigan, where he proliferated the city’s “ghettotech” sound, a blend of electronic music and hip-hop.
In 2005, he produced the track “Ski Mask Way” for 50 Cent’s Massacre album, which put him on the hip-hop map. He went on to produce several records for Kevin Federline’s debut album, Playing With Fire, and most recently, the b-side on Trick Daddy’s latest single, for a track called “I Pop.”
Fans can post their condolences on Disco D’s official MySpace page at MySpace.com/GringoLouco
[story was edited January 23, 2007 at 5:08 p.m. EST]