report – New York Daily News

Singer Jewell Caples, known as the “First Lady of Death Row Records,” died on Friday, according to a published report. She was 53 years old.

Caples — who also went by Jewell Peyton, Ju-L, or more often just Jewell — died at 5 a.m., according to Vibe, citing former Death Row security chief Reggie Wright Jr.

No official cause of death has been given.

Rapper and producer Daz Dillinger shared a touching tribute on Instagram to his former labelmate Death Row.

“RIP, rest and peace, @iamjewellcaples.” Dillinger wrote in all caps, in a message punctuated with a red rose emoji.

“I’m sad. It really hurts but Jewell is coming through this morning. Wow Death Row for life. We’ve missed your classical music. Family first,” he added.

Earlier this year, Caples posted a message on Instagram revealing a recent health crisis that nearly claimed his life.

“I was hospitalized on March 2, 2022. Released on March 5, 2022, I went home, 8 pounds of fluid on my heart, lungs and legs!” she wrote.

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“I went back to the hospital on March 16 until today March 21, 2022. I almost died!” Caples continued, adding that God had knocked her down and granted her some grace.

“And gave me more time with my family and friends! Thank you JESUS ​​for saving my life again! GOD IS REAL!” she wrote.

The Chicago native signed to Death Row Records in 1992 and went on to appear on albums by Dr. Dre (“The Chronic”) and Snoop Dogg (“Doggystyle”).

In 1994, her rendition of Shirley Brown’s “Woman to Woman” peaked at number 72 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and number 16 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop chart.

In 2015, she self-published a memoir, which she co-wrote with Felicia St. Jean, titled “My Blood My Sweat My Tears.”

A review on Good Reads calls her life story “heartbreaking”.

“She never really made it in the industry because she got screwed with sleazy record deal after record deal, especially from Suge Knight. She also suffered an enormous amount of sexual, physical, and emotional abuse from men she was romantically involved with. Heartbreaking but a great story! “wrote the reviewer.

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