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VP mourns the death of Joel Chin

Published:Thursday | August 18, 2011 | 12:00 AM
Joel Chin - Contributed

REGGAE label VP Records is in mourning, following the murder of Joel Chin, grandson of the company's founders, Pat and Vincent Chin.

The 35-year-old producer, who also headed up VP's Artiste and Repertoire department, was reportedly shot and killed as he drove into the driveway of his Stony Hill apartment in St Andrew on Tuesday night. According to reports, Chin died instantly.

VP Records, whose roster boasts artistes, including Beres Hammond, Tarrus Riley and Etana, released a statement saying:

"It is with great sadness that VP Records must announce the passing of Joel Chin at the age of 35. Joel was shot last night (Tuesday, August 16) outside his home in Stony Hill, St Andrew, in Jamaica. The cause was not immediately known.

"The grandson of VP Records founder Vincent Chin, son of famed reggae producer Clive Chin and nephew of the owners of VP Records, Chris and Randy Chin, Joel literally grew up in the reggae business and put his vast knowledge and connections at the service of the music he loved passionately."

The statement continued: "An accomplished producer, Joel had moved from New York to Jamaica two years ago to spend more time on music production, songwriting and developing rising talent. Joel wrote hit songs for many artistes, such as Elephant Man and Etana, among many others.

"Joel is survived by his mother, Juliette, his father, Clive, his newborn daughter, two brothers and three sisters."

As the news of Chin's murder spread, a host of reggae stars and insiders took to Twitter to pay tribute to the much-loved producer, who had bases in both Jamaica and New York.

Sean Paul tweeted: "As another bright light fades, we give tnx 4 life and reminisce. R.I.P. Joel Chin." Fellow dancehall star Shaggy simply wrote: "RIP Joel Chin."

BBC 1Xtra's dancehall DJ Robbo Ranx said: "Deepest condolence goes out to the family of Joel Chin of VP Records ... always made me feel welcome in NY."

Chin was also responsible for The Reggae Gold and Strictly The Best series from VP.