Jerry Heller the former manager of N.W.A, died on Friday September 2nd in a car accident, initial investigation states the 75 year old may have suffered a medical emergency to cause the wreck.
Mickey Shapiro the Attorney to Jerry Heller said Doctor’s believed he suffered an heart attack before the accident and he claims the heart attack was brought on by the tremendous amount of stress from the way Jerry Heller was portrayed as a crook in the movie ‘Straight Outta Compton’.
Straight Outta Compton, the N.W.A 2015 biopic movie, chronicling the rise and fall of the gangsta rap firebrands, told the rags-to-riches story of the rise of Dr. Dre, Ice Cube and Eazy-E. The movie also depicted Jerry Heller, the group’s first manager and longtime nemesis, as the villain, extending a decades-long battle between Heller and the group. The movie has become the highest-grossing music biopic in history.
Mickey Shapiro said “Jerry Heller was so distraught over the way he was portrayed in “Straight Outta Compton” it ultimately killed him”.
Before his death Jerry Heller filed a lawsuit against Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and Eazy-E’s widow Tomica Woods-Wright, who all served as producers on the movie, director F. Gary Gray, the film’s screenwriters and NBC-Universal. The suit claims the film vilified him and wrongly made his business dealings look shady, claiming he withheld checks, dined on lobster brunches while the group members waited for final contracts and that Eazy-E fired him, among other instances.
Heller says none of this is true and was seeking $110 million in combined compensatory and punitive damages for defamation, copyright infringement, breach of contract and other charges.
“Jerry Heller would be alive today if not for that movie,” Shaprio told TMZ. He says the film put Heller under a “tremendous amount of stress” that impeded his sleep and left him “heart broken.”
The status of Heller’s lawsuit is somewhat unclear at this point in light of his passing.
Written by Kike Olowu