March 4 (UPI) — Tommy Page, a singer who rose to fame with the 1990 No. 1 pop hit “I’ll Be Your Everything” and went on to have a career as a music and publishing executive, was found dead Friday, according to reports. He was 46.
Billboard Magazine cited unnamed friends who said Page’s death was the result of a suicide.
Page came to prominence alongside the pop group New Kids on the Block, though his break came while working as a coat checker at Nell’s, an exclusive New York nightclub. He gave a copy of his demo to Sire Records founder Seymour Stein while he was at the club and Stein signed him to a record deal.
Page co-wrote “I’ll Be Your Everything” with New Kids members Jordan Knight and Danny Wood. The track, which reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in April 1990, included fellow New Kid Donnie Wahlberg, as well.
Page went on to release nine studio albums and continued to tour, particularly in Asia where he enjoyed an avid fan base, though none of his subsequent work came close to the popularity of his 1990 hit.
Page also entered the business side of the music industry, serving as an A&R rep for Warner Bros./Reprise Records. While there, he worked with artists including Alanis Morissette, Green Day, Michael Buble and Josh Groban.
Page went on to work with Cumulus Media, Billboard and the streaming service Pandora, where he was credited with helping end a years-long standoff with the recording industry over royalties to artists and labels. He was working for the Village Voice at the time of his death.
Tributes to Page from musicians surfaced on social media Saturday. Friend and songwriter Diane Warren said: “Someone I loved so much was the last person U would ever think would do this. Why why why Tommy??????”
Groban called Page “a kind and wonderful man who helped me a lot early on. Helped pick my first singles.”
Fellow 90s pop star Debbie Gibson posted a photo with Page, alongside condolences: “Devastated over the loss of my friend Tommy Page. My heart goes out to Tommy’s friends, family and fans. Rest In Peace.”
Page is survived by his husband, Charlie, and their three children.