Washington, Feb uary 17: DJ and producer Mark Kamins, who dated and discovered Madonna before she signed a record deal, has died. He was 57.
Reports say Kamins, who had allegedly been struggling with heart problems for the past few months, suffered a "massive coronary" in Guadalajara, Mexico, where he has been teaching.
A source close to Kamins has confirmed his death to Billboard, the Huffington Post reported.
Kamins took Madonna under his wing in 1982, passing her demo on to Sire Records executive Seymour Stein, who quickly signed her. He also produced her single "Everybody."
Kamins, who is survived by his son, was also the first in a line of high-profile Madonna romances.
"I'm very sorry to hear about Marks death. I haven't seen him for years but if it weren't for him, I might not have had a singing career. He was the first DJ to play my demos before I had a record deal. He believed in me before anyone else did. I owe him a lot. May he Rest in Peace," Madonna said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. (ANI)