Lesley Pitts

Lesley Pitts, a founder of the New York-based independent publicity firm No Screaming Media, died Tuesday at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Manhattan of a pulmonary aneurysm. She was 33.

Pitts began her music career in 1989 in the Black Music Group Corporate Communications department at Columbia Records.

Two years later, she became an account manager at Set to Run Public Relations, where her clients included Ice Cube, Black Sheep and TLC.

Pitts was named director of publicity at LaFace/Rowdy Records in 1993, and next worked as president of publicity for Jive/Zomba.

She joined Loose Cannon Records as vice president of publicity and artist development in 1995 before forming No Screaming Media in 1997.

There she worked with the artist formerly known as Prince, Jay-Z, DreamWorks and UPN.

Pitts is survived by her parents, her brother, and her life partner, music journalist Michael A. Gonzales.

A funeral service will be held 10 a.m. today at First Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church, 525 Orange St., Newark. Call (212) 833-8562 for information.

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