ATLANTA – Attorney Derrick Wright along with the family of Marc Stewart will be holding a press conference at the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel, 830 Westview Drive, SW Atlanta, Morehouse College Campus today at 4pm.
On Sunday, February 15, 2009, Gwinnett County police reported that they found the body of Island Coast President and CEO Marc Stewart. The 36-year old was found in his Ford Explorer in a parking lot in Gwinnett County, where he was pronounced dead. The Gwinnett County Medical Examiner’s office has conducted an autopsy and the cause of death has ascertained as a gunshot to the head. A full investigation is in progress.
Although reported in the press, fraudulent activity on Mr. Stewart’s check card and use of his cell phone has not been confirmed.
Stewart is credited with producing some of the most successful Soca, Hip-Hop and R&B events in Atlanta, the Caribbean, and Europe through his marketing and promotions firm. He was instrumental in hosting such acts as Elephant Man, Beenie Man, Beres Hammond, Eddie Griffin and comedian Earthquake.
The family has released the following statement, “It is with great sadness that we now lay our son to rest. Marc is loved and respected by many in and out of the Caribbean community. He is a beloved son, father, friend and businessman who was known throughout the Atlanta community as hardworking, trustworthy and dedicated. His charm and professionalism captured the attention of many supporters, and the firm footprint he left behind will not easily fade away.”
Marc Stewart was born August 28, 1972 in Bronx, NY. He attended Cardinal Spellman High School in the Bronx and graduated from Morehouse College in 1996 with a B.S. in Psychology. He is survived by his parents, Glen and Patricia Stewart and a 2-year daughter, Kennedy Amoré Stewart.
A fund has been established for donations to Marc’s funeral as well as for his daughter’s trust fund. Donations can be brought to any Bank of America location. The account is in the name of “Glen Stewart in Care of Kennedy Stewart” with an account number of 334021520432. To send a wire transfer, please use the # 026009593 and reference the account name.
Marc Stewart’s funeral will be held on Thursday, February 26, 2009 at 1pm at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, located at 6400 Woodrow Road Lithonia, GA 30038. Burial to follow at Hillandale Memorial Gardens & Mausoleum, 6201 Hillandale Dr, Lithonia, GA 30058. His Wake and Memorial Service will be announced at another time.
For more information about funeral arrangements and the Marc Stewart Memorial Fund, please contact Mike Dobson at 770.367.9677 or Mother Hazel at 678.923.6642.