Andre Debonaire McNeal, the founder and Executive Director at Doorstep Foundation passed away unexpectedly in a car crash. Everyone who knew Andre were deeply saddened by his sudden passing.
As the Police Department investigates these tragic events, questions linger and hearts ache for the family affected by this unexpected losses. Here’s what we know about the accident and Debonaire’s death.
Andre Debonaire McNeal passed away:
Andre “Debonaire” McNeal, an entrepreneur, music promoter, and the CEO of Bachelor Boy Entertainment passed away suddenly on November 5, 2023.
The news of Andre’s passing has understandably devastated his family and friends, and condolences have poured in from all over the neighborhood.
Andre’s wife shared this heart-wrenching news about the passing of her beloved husband.
Zakia Robbins-McNeal announced this sad news on a social media post, that reads,
It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Andre Debonaire McNeal which occurred on Sunday, November 5, 2023. At this time we ask for everyone to respect the family’s privacy & space to grieve.
More information regarding services will be provided at a later time.
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For all other questions contact Seinah, Bianca, or Shakeeta.
Who was Andre Debonaire McNeal?
Andre “Debonaire” McNeal has been dubbed the Bad Boy, Bachelor Boy, and Debonaire, but the term that best describes him was Minnesota’s King of Clubs.
In the Twin Cities, McNeal is without a doubt the most well-known and prosperous “urban” marketer. And with events like the Afterwork Jumpoff, Quarter Club, Damn the Jokes, First Fridays, the Takeover, and a bevy of concerts like the forthcoming July 12 Doug E. Fresh show at the Cabooze, King Debonaire intends to keep his kingdom. However, McNeal administers the kingdom as a cooperative ruler rather than a despot, distributing riches all around the realm.
In addition to producing, planning, and marketing entertainment and events in the Twin Cities, McNeal was a social activist who runs two nonprofit organizations: Den Brothers and the Doorstep Foundation, which provides young African American men in Minneapolis with a mentoring program that fosters academic success and leadership development.
About Doorstep Foundation:
The Doorstep Foundation provides young people with an opportunity to develop their skills and forge a successful path through group activities and mentors who will support and motivate them to realize their goals.
The Doorstep Foundation facilitates family access to mental health services. Mentorships teach children and teens constructive interaction and social skills, as well as coping skills, which McNeal believes is crucial in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death and the subsequent unrest.
Andre Debonaire Mcneal cause of death:
Andre Debonaire Mcneal passed away in a car accident. This tragic incident left the community in complete shock and mourning.
Traffic investigators are actively working to unravel the circumstances surrounding the incident. As the community grapples with these tragic losses, Andre’s close ones comes together in mourning, extending condolences and support to the his family during this difficult time
Many people have expressed their sympathies and offered support to McNeal’s loved ones on social media during this difficult period. Our heartfelt condolences to his wife, Dr. Zakia Robbins-McNeal, COO of the Doorstep Foundation and all the other members of the family.
Tributes to Andre Debonaire Mcneal:
T.j. Richardson posted,
We all have a Debonaire story, at an event that Debonaire hosted, dating ALLLL the way back to when he first came to Minnesota. This brother here NEEDS to be recognized for ALL he has accomplished. He played a HUGE role in the Minneapolis night life. From Gabbys, to hosting the comedy side of the Cotton Club, to First Fridays! He was there & I salute you sir.
The TwinCities loves & salutes you big bro.
RIP to a great one Mr. Andre Debonaire McNeal
Valerie Fleurantin posted,
You were one of the first people I met in the here. YOU ALWAYS SHOW UP!
You supported me countless times and I never made you that jerk fish. . . I am sorry.
I will miss you. You made a difference
Rest well ￼and love you my friend Andre Debonaire McNeal
Ari Lashay wrote,
Mannnnn!!!! Andre Debonaire McNeal nahhhh man!!!!! I can’t believe this!!!! My mentor / friend!!! You made all our lives so better!! I’m so broken!!! We had so much business to attend too!!! I promise I’ll try to walk in your footsteps and keep Saint Paul Jumping like you did!!!! My heart is broken…
Tephanie Delaney wrote,
Back in ’98, I moved to the Twin Cities. It all began when I was your cohost for the Bachelor of The Year Pageant. You were one of my very first friends here. Our bond has flourished over the years, filled with cherished memories, collaborations, tears and support for each other’s journeys.
Andre Debonaire McNeal, we’ve collected countless photos, but these hold a special place in my heart. Over the years, you’ve trusted me with your time, ideas and your grief. We just talked about partnering to revamp First Fridays in 2024. You were one of the first people to see me and acknowledge my talent. My heart is broken.
Rest in Heaven, my forever friend. I love you. You’re with your #najabear. Thank you for 25+ years of providing events and entertainment for the cities. Please keep his wife, Zakia Robbins-McNeal and family in prayer. Our hearts will never be the same
Nick Hooks wrote,
This can’t be life. You were the first person who took a chance on a fresh kid out of college wanting to host events. You broke bread with my family, we puffed cigars together, partnered on many events. U are a pillar is this woven tapestry called the Twin Cities and this one breaks all our hearts. I’m praying for Zakia Robbins-McNeal and the fam Big Bro, The Godfather, KOC. RIH Andre Debonaire McNeal love you Bruv
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