Darrell Freeman

Nashville businessman Darrell Freeman died Tuesday, his family said in a statement.

He was 57, according to a family spokesperson.

A cause of death has not been publicly disclosed.

“Our beloved father and husband suffered from a serious illness that he succumbed to on the evening of June 28, 2022,” the family said. “As we navigate this unknown territory and difficult time, we ask for your prayers and privacy.”

Freeman had served as chair of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce board and as a member of the Middle Tennessee State University board. Recently, Fisk University announced it was partnering with Freeman on a new business incubator and innovation hub, and he was a past inductee in the Nashville Entrepreneurs’ Hall of Fame.

Freeman founded technology staffing firm Zycron before selling it for $20 million in 2017.

“We are saddened by this loss for Darrell’s family and the community," Chamber CEO Ralph Schultz said. "He was a lion of a leader, and his impact will be felt for generations. Darrell was a mentor to many and was passionate about education and the doors it opened for him and could open for others. He embodied Nashville’s entrepreneurial spirit, paying it forward and nurturing the entrepreneurial spirit in others. Our hearts are with his family and all those he inspired.”