Mary J. Blige also expressed her feelings over Harrell’s passing with a throwback interview of her and her mentor. In the clip, Harrell says that he watched Blige grow from “a young woman into a real lady…[from] the way she handles herself and the way she sings.”

“Thank you for helping me and loving me until the last days of your life,” she wrote. “Rest easy my musical father. I will continue to do my very best to make you proud and continue to find joy and inspiration in your life and legacy.”


Throughout their careers, Diddy and Mary J. Blige accumulated massive success. Blige released 12 studio albums, eight of which are certified platinum. She also garnered 9 Grammy Awards and two Academy Award nominations for both acting and performing an original song (“Mighty River” from Mudbound, and a Best Supporting Actress nomination for the same film). Diddy released four solo albums (two are platinum) and two collaborative albums. He also has three Grammy Awards and a host of successful business ventures, such as his clothing line Sean John and a deal with Ciroc vodka, which began in 2007.