Posts Tagged ‘death’

Craig Mack Passes from Heart Failure at 46

Posted: March 13, 2018 by Ismael AbduSalaam in Music News
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Craig Mack, known for the classic 1994 single “Flava in Ya Ear,” has succumbed to heart failure on Monday in Walterboro, South Carolina. He was 46 years old.

Beginning his career in 1988 under the name MC EZ, Mack would find his biggest success under Diddy’s Bad Boy Records. His platinum “Flava In Ya Ear” singlr was the label’s first crossover hit, and the remix provided prominent exposure for the Notorious B.I.G. and the newly solo Busta Rhymes. Mack’s debut, Project: Funk Da World, would be certified gold and spawn another single, “Get Down,” was which also certified gold. Mack would leave the label and release one more album, Operation: Get Down, in 1997.

In a Twitter post, Erick Sermon confirmed that he provided production for Craig Mack’s new album, adding that the unnamed project was complete. DJ Scratch tweeted that Mack had been ill for an extended period and was not surprised by the news.

Craig Mack is survived by a wife and two adult children.



Charlie Murphy Succumbs to Leukemia at 57

Posted: April 12, 2017 by Ismael AbduSalaam in Music News
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Comedian and actor Charlie Murphy has died today from leukemia.

TZM confirmed the news early this afternoon. Murphy’s manager stated the death occurred at a NYC hospital this morning. The comedian had been undergoing chemotherapy and family members were optimistic about his recovery.

Murphy was able to carve out a significant career despite the looming shadow of his legendary younger brother Eddie. Charlie’s acting credits include Mo Betta Blues, CB4The Boondocks and Black Jesus. He also co-wrote material for the Eddie movies Vampire In Brooklyn and Norbit.

Charlie Murphy’s biggest acclaim can from his life story skits on The Chappelle Show, which included classic recollections of 80s encounters with Prince and Rick James.

Charlie Murphy is survived by two children. His wife, Tisha Taylor Murphy, passed away in 2009 from cervical cancer.


Like most, I’m in total shock. From the way Charlie carried himself, you knew he was a one of kind, self-made man. I hope he and Rick are somewhere exchanging a toast and not slaps. RIP.



WorldStarHipHop Founder “Q” Dies at 43

Posted: January 24, 2017 by Ismael AbduSalaam in Music News
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Lee O’Denat, better known as Q and the founder/CEO of WorldStarHipHop, died Monday night in his sleep. He was 43 years old.

O’Denat founded WorldStarHipHop in 2005 as a content aggregating blog. His reliance on shock value helped make the site one of the biggest brands for urban entertainment. The site’s coverage of Hip-Hop, street fight clips, explicit model footage and controversial videos that include public shaming and child abuse make it one of the net’s biggest sites with 1 million unique visitors per day.

At press time, the cause of death is rumored to be a heart attack. BeatsBoxingMayhem will update this story as it develops.


Star Wars Icon Carrie Fisher Dead at 60

Posted: December 27, 2016 by Ismael AbduSalaam in Concert/Film/TV Reviews
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Carrie Fisher, immortalized as Princess Leia Organa in the Star Wars cinematic universe, has died today after suffering a heart attack. She was 60 years old.

Family spokesman Simon Halls confirmed the news in a prepared statement on behalf on Fisher’s daughter Billie Lourd.

“It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning,” the statement read. “She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly. Our entire family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers.”

On Friday December 23, Fisher was on a flight from London to Los Angeles when she went into cardiac arrest. She was rushed to a nearby hospital and was believed to be in stable condition before passing this morning.

Fisher made her film debut in Warren Beatty’s Shampoo, but achieved worldwide fame at the age of 19 in 1977’s Star Wars. She remained a driving force of female empowerment in the series, later starring in the The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, and returning to the series last year in The Force Awakens.

In addition to Star Wars, Fisher was active in the 80s via the films The Blues Brothers, Hannah and Her Sisters and When Harry Met Sally.

Fisher is survived by her mother Debbie Reynolds and daughter Lourd.

Comedian Ricky Harris Dies at 54

Posted: December 26, 2016 by Ismael AbduSalaam in Music News
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Comedian Ricky Harris, known his appearances on Snoop Dogg albums and TV shows like Everybody Hates Chris, has died today from a heart attack. He was 54.

A Def Comedy Jam veteran, Harris made his film debut in 1993’s Poetic Justice. Other film credits include Heat, Tales From the Hood, High School High and Bones.

Harris landed a recurring role on Moesha from 1996-1998 as J.W. Willis, and later on Everybody Hates Chris as Malvo from 2006-2008. Harris’ voice can also be heard on the smash 2004 game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.

Harris’ most wide-reaching work was his comedic characters DJ Eaz-E-Dick and TaaDow on Snoop Dogg’s seminal debut Doggystyle, the Murder Was the Case soundtrack, Tha Doggfather and Dogg Pound’s Dogg Food.

George Michael Dead at 53 on Christmas Day

Posted: December 25, 2016 by Ismael AbduSalaam in Music News
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Singer George Michael, who first won fame in the 80s in the pop group Wham! before embarking on a successful solo career, has died today at his home in London. He was 53.

The news was first broke by Michael’s publicist, who reported to the BBC that Michaels “passed away peacefully” at his residence in Goring, Oxfordshire. Thames Valley police confirmed the news after sending an ambulance to the residence. The cause of death was announced on Monday (December 26) as heart failure.

In recent years, Michael has had health scares. In 2011,, he cancelled his Symphonica European tour after contracting pneumonia.

In a career spanning four decades, Michael is credited with selling 80-100 million records. His music has been sampled by artists such as Dr. Dre, AZ, Foxy Brown, Michelle Williams and Freddie Gibbs.

More on this story as it develops.

Tupac Collaborator Big Syke Dead at 48

Posted: December 6, 2016 by Ismael AbduSalaam in Music News
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Big Syke, known for his affiliation with Tupac Shakur via the group Thug Life and other high-profile projects, was found dead Tuesday at his home in Hawthrone, CA. He was 48.

Syke, real name Tyrus Himes, was found following a call made to police. The L.A. County Coronor’s office believes Himes died of natural causes although an autopsy is pending.

Per TMZ, Syke is reported to have suffered from obesity and heart issues.

Big Syke began his career in 1990 as the founding member of the group Evil Mind Gangstas (with Domino and Mental Illness), releasing one self-titled album. After a meeting with Tupac in 1992, he joined Shakur’s Thug Life group. Their gold-selling debut, Thug Life: Volume 1, was released in 1994 with Syke appearing on the single “Cradle to the Grave.”

Syke would later make prominent appearances on Tupac’s multi-platinum Death Row debut, All Eyez On Me, and several posthumous Tupac albums.