Bad Boy Records is mourning the loss of one of their original “Hitmen” team members, music producer Carl “Chucky” Thompson. Thompson, best known for his work with Mary J. Blige and Notorious B.I.G., passed away at the age of 53, it was announced on Aug. 9. Thompson’s official cause of death has yet to be released amid conflicting reports.
The music producer’s protégé Young Guru confirmed the news on Instagram by sharing an emotional tribute to his “mentor” alongside the pair’s photo.
He wrote, “There is nothing I can write that will take away this pain. I have to say R.I.P. to my mentor, my big brother, the man who changed my life forever. You were the kindest person the world has ever seen. You were the most gifted musician I have ever been around. You treated me like family from day one. You made a point to the labels that I had to fly to New York with you on every session. You put me in rooms with Biggie. I will forever be in your debt and I will forever be your little brother. This one hurts so bad I can’t even explain it. R.I.P. @chucklife365 there will never be another you!!!! 💔💔💔💔💔.”
Thompson, born in Washington, D.C., on July 12, 1968, got his start in music in 1984 playing for Chuck Brown’s go-go band The Soul Searchers. Following that stint, Thompson soon later was introduced to Diddy by a close acquaintance. At the time of their initial meeting in the early 1990s, Diddy was planning on starting his own record label after being fired from Uptown Records.
Immediately following Bad Boy Records launch in 1993, Thompson began his first project with the label’s production team, Mary J. Blige‘s album “My Life.” The record was ultimately released in 1994 and later earned the music producer a Grammy nomination. Within the same year, saw another release of Thompson alongside the Hitmen team produced album: Notorious B.I.G. debut L.P. “Ready to Die.”
Thompson went on to work with other Bad Boy acts such as R&B group Total and Faith Evans. Throughout his entire career, he has also produced hit records for Usher, TLC, Busta Rhymes, Nas, Ice Cube, New Edition, and Juvenile.
Following the news, of his tragic passing many including Diddy, Mary J. Blige, and singer Mario Winans paid tribute to the “legendary Hitmen.”
The mogul wrote, “I’ve been in shock most of the day. Chucky Thompson was not just someone that I made Mary J Blige’s My Life with and a part of the legendary Hitmen, he was also one of the greatest humans that I’ve ever met. He always kept you laughing, always kept you smiling and he always let you know that he loved you. I love you Chucky. One of the greatest of all time. You will be truly missed. 💔 Love, Puff.”
Blige honored her friend and brother by recounting the many memories they shared while working on both her “My Life” and “Mary” album. The singer said, “Damn! I just spoke to this man last month! We were discussing our plans to work together again. Chucky and I was and will always be a musical match made in heaven. He knew everything I was feeling personally and when we worked on the ‘My Life’ and ‘Mary’ albums. He was an angel sent to help me weather my storm. Now my brother and my friend returned to where all angels and beautiful people like him come from. RIP to one of the best who’s ever done it. This is soooo sad. Too many people leaving too soon💔💔💔💔🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽.”
Singer Mario Winans mourned the loss of Thompson by sharing how much of an inspiration the music producer was to him. “I just spoke to you Chucky!!! Omg man this hurts so much. You were and will always be one of my biggest inspirations and I’m so glad I always told you this. Your legacy will live on for life my brother RIP Chucky Thompson!!! #Hitmen 💔💔💔.”
Prior to his death, Thompson was in the process of working on a documentary about his life story. He also recently made an appearance in Mary J. Blige’s “My Life” documentary, which was released in June.
Although most details about Thompson’s personal life remain private, he leaves behind countless industry friends, five children, a grandchild and other family members.