Jonathan “Hovain” Hylton, who was recently honored as one of the Billboard‘s 2022 R&B/Hip-Hop Power Playersis dead.
“It is with deep regret that we inform all family, friends and colleagues that Jonathan ‘Hovain’ Hylton passed away at his home on Friday, November 25. He was a beloved and devoted father, husband , son, brother and a proud Brooklyn representative,” read a statement posted Saturday (November 26) on Hylton’s verified social media accounts.
The statement continued: “We would like to thank all of his close friends for all the love and support you have shown during this difficult time. We ask that you all continue to keep his family in your prayers and respect their privacy at this time.”
A cause of death has not been disclosed.
Friday morning had Hylton last tweeted“Good morning and thank GOD for another day,” a message he had sent out into the world daily.
Hylton, a Brooklyn native who was vp at Cinematic Music Group, was named along with founder Jonnyshipes to this year’s R&B/Hip Hop Power Players List.
Throughout his career, Hylton managed projects for prominent New York rappers including Cam’ron, Styles P and Lloyd Banks, and worked with Jonnyshipes at Cinematic Music Group with artists including T-Pain and Flipp Dinero.
Hylton was also a professor at Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn, where he taught “The Business of Music,” an eight-week course that offers students in-depth knowledge of publishing deals, business positions necessary for an artist’s success, and more.
“It’s a great opportunity to come from where I come from and to be asked to teach at such a fine institute,” Hylton told Billboard in 2021, when the course starts. “To share my love of music with the young minds that seek to learn [will be a great experience].”
The music community mourned Hylton’s death on Saturday.
“Maaannnn we lost my brother in the drip @hovain love you bro you always showed nothing but love and positivity. My condolences to your family,” Fat Joe wrote on Instagram. “Until we meet again RIP.”
“Damn Hov… Rest up… Appreciate your knowledge and your positive energy… May God bless your family with peace. Love and light from my family to yours. Long live Hovain,’ wrote TI on Twitter.
“Hovain had just hit me up to do some music with Lloyd Banks,” Hit-Boy tweeted. “God bless his family.”