Tupac's Mother , Afeni Shakur Dead at Age 69

Tupac’s Mother , Afeni Shakur Dead at Age 69

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Originally posted on 2016-05-03 06:24:23

Radio Facts: Afeni-Shakur_KevinWinterTupac once said, "Ain't a woman alive that could take my mama's place" in his classic song "Dear Mama," which was dedicated to his mom, Afeni Shakur. Radio Facts is sad to announce that Afeni Shakur has died at the age of 69 years old.  As mother's day soon approaches, I'm sure most of us can relate to Tupac's words as to how he felt about his mom.Marin County deputies responded to Shakur’s home in Sausalito, Calif., Monday night after she suffered a possible cardiac arrest, the sheriff’s office said Tuesday morning. She was taken to a local hospital and died just before 10:30 p.m.Shakur, born Alice Faye Williams, changed her name when she moved to New York City and joined the Black Panther movement. She was also an American music businesswoman, philanthropist, political activist and well-known Black Panther. She was so instrumental in keeping the legacy of her son shining in a positive light. She created a record label named Amaru Records to release Tupac's unreleased recordings after winning a court battle with Death Row Records.In addition to loving her son immensely, Afeni Shakur made guest appearances, lectured, and more, traveling the US. On February 6, 2007, she gave the Keynote Address for Vanderbilt's Commemoration for Black History Month.Radio Facts would like to send our condolences to her family, friends, and loved ones. She will be missed.

Originally posted on 2016-05-03 06:24:23

Radio Legend Vaughn Harper Dies 2

Radio Legend Vaughn Harper Dies

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Originally posted on 2016-07-09 11:08:20

harper10n-1-webRadio Facts is sorry to report that industry vet and radio legend Vaughn Harper has died. He had been struggling with health issues over the last few years and was recently honored by people in the industry by his former station WBLS this past year.  We will keep you posted on services.

Originally posted on 2016-07-09 11:08:20

Fourth Member of Force MDs Dies 1

Fourth Member of Force MDs Dies

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Originally posted on 2016-09-19 13:09:52

Another member of the 80s hit group Force MDs has passed leaving two original members. TCD (center) died of ALS, Mercury (far right) died of a fatal heart attack, the group's DJ and another member who left after the first album Dr. Rock passed  and now Trisco (2nd from left and far right in lower picture) has lost his battle with stage 4 cancer.  The group's biggest hit 1985's Tender Love, written by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis catapulted them into superstardom and top 10 status on the pop charts but the group had major problems internally ranging from drugs to prison sentences.force-bwforce-mds-now 

Originally posted on 2016-09-19 13:09:52

Former 92Q Jock "Reggie Reg" Dies

Former 92Q Radio DJ “Reggie Reg” Dies

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Originally posted on 2016-02-07 15:22:42

maxresdefaultReggie Calhoun, aka "Reggie Reg," has died in his hometown of Baltimore, MD. The former 92Q (WERQ) Radio DJ died of congestive heart failure Saturday at St. Agnes Hospital according to his sister Betty Covington in a quote to The Baltimore Sun. She stated he had been in declining health for a while. "He had been having trouble walking, but we just couldn't stop him. At a musical event, he would sit in a chair these days. He died doing what he loved," she stated. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake said in a statement. "I was terribly saddened to hear of Reggie's passing. He was one of the best DJs of my generation, with a personality bigger than life. He will definitely be missed." Former Baltimore Radio DJ Frank Ski stated: "Reggie had Presence! When he walked in, everyone knew it. He treated everyone the same. Never had haters! Most down to earth party rocker I know. Would get on the mic or turn tables at any party. Whether getting paid or not." Reggie's family needs help with funeral arrangements here 

Originally posted on 2016-02-07 15:22:42

Legendary DJ Big Kap Found Dead - RIP

Legendary DJ Big Kap Found Dead – RIP

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Originally posted on 2016-02-03 07:37:48

Radio Facts: big kapRadio Facts is sad to announce the death of legendary hip hop music DJ Big Kap, whose real name is Keith Carter. Kap was found dead at the age of 45 in New York. As of now, no cause of death has been reported. He is mostly known for working with the Notorious BIG but he has worked with several hip-hop artist throughout his career and lifetime. Big Kap was still rockin' shows and his last performance was in November. He will definitely be missed by those in the hip hop music community and beyond. We send our condolences to his family, friends, and fans.

Originally posted on 2016-02-03 07:37:48

Urban Radio Jock Dies

Urban Radio Radio DJ Dies

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Originally posted on 2016-03-05 10:35:54

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Radio Facts is sorry to report that industry vet Robyn Harvey (Jasmine James) has died after a long battle with cancer. D Cherie told Radio Facts "I met Robyn Jasmine James when she worked for at WQMG in Greensboro. Jasmine was enrolled in college at UNCG and doing one of the baddest morning shows! A true inspiration to many of us in the area pursuing radio. Jasmine's PD was Sam Weaver. Other announcers during that time were Skip Dillard (WBLS and WLIB) and Mic Fox. We were students at NC A&T's WNAA-FM, but also trying to get hands-on commercial experience at WQMG. As a female announcer, I was always proud of the way Jasmine James hit the road from Mt Olive, NC and came to Greensboro for college and shut it down at WQMG-FM as a student with her co-host BJ Murphy." #CancerSucks

Skip Dillard (WBLS and WLIB) said: "Super talented and loving person. She loved getting out in the streets and was as entertaining one on one as she was on air. One of her passions was teaching so she was great with youth. Her smile and sense of humor always stayed with you after she was gone."

Brian Wallace stated: "I JUST left a funeral and find out about Robyn Harvey (Jasmine James) passing this morning... Jas had soooooo much energy and a love for life (and radio) when I was her "coach" in Greensboro, NC. My sympathy to her family, friends and our team at WQMG. This one stings hard.#TomorrowIsNotPromised"

Originally posted on 2016-03-05 10:35:54

Jock "RJ The Bad Boy" Dies

Radio DJ “RJ The Bad Boy” Dies

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Originally posted on 2016-02-15 09:35:47

rj da bad boyRoosevelt Polk aka "RJ da Bad Boy' has died.  He passed last Wednesday. He worked for 102.3 JAMZ (KBCE) and MIX 93.9 (KMXH) in Alexandria, LA. JWPB Broadcasting stated: "We sincerely regret the loss of Roosevelt PolkRJ da Bad Boy." The dedication and joy that was given to the staff and listeners will be missed. He was a true radio professional and unique air-personality of many years. We ask for prayers for his friends and family." No word on arrangements at press time. 

Originally posted on 2016-02-15 09:35:47

Ricky Harris' Family Shares Photos of Services 1

Ricky Harris’ Family Shares Photos of Services

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Originally posted on 2017-01-04 10:55:32

These photos are shared with the utmost respect from Ricky Harris family.Ricky Harris Celebration of Life was a beautiful ceremony filled with love, laughter and treasured memories of his life shared by his family, friends and colleagues. See photo link. Captions and id's are in the photosExclusive Photos are shared with various media platformsCelebration of LifeLONG BEACH, CA - JANUARY 03: seen at Richard "Ricky" George Harris II Celebration of LifeLocation: at New Hope Baptist Church in Long Beach, CA.Date: Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017Wake Family & Friends ViewingLONG BEACH, CA - JANUARY 02: seen at Richard "Ricky" George Harris II Family & Friends viewingLocation: at Golgotha Trinity Baptist Church in Long Beach, CADate: on Monday, January 2nd, 2017photo credit Arnold Turner @arnoldturnerarchives[caption id="attachment_176749" align="alignnone" width="922"]rfocus.org LONG BEACH, CA - JANUARY 03: General view seen at Richard "Ricky" George Harris II Celebration of Life at New Hope Baptist Church on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017 in Long Beach, CA. (Photo by @ATurnerArchives)[/caption][caption id="attachment_176751" align="alignnone" width="1089"]rfocus.org LONG BEACH, CA - JANUARY 03: General church view of Ricky's family and friends seen at Richard "Ricky" George Harris II Celebration of Life at New Hope Baptist Church on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017 in Long Beach, CA. (Photo by @ATurnerArchives)[/caption][caption id="attachment_176753" align="alignnone" width="922"]rfocus.org LONG BEACH, CA - JANUARY 03: General church view of Ricky's colleagues and VIP friends seen at Richard "Ricky" George Harris II Celebration of Life at New Hope Baptist Church on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017 in Long Beach, CA. (Photo by @ATurnerArchives)[/caption][caption id="attachment_176754" align="alignnone" width="853"]rfocus.org LONG BEACH, CA - JANUARY 03: Ricky Harris mother Annie Pearl Waddell seen at Richard "Ricky" George Harris II Celebration of Life at New Hope Baptist Church on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017 in Long Beach, CA. (Photo by @ATurnerArchives)[/caption][caption id="attachment_176755" align="alignnone" width="922"]rfocus.org LONG BEACH, CA - JANUARY 03: General view seen at Richard "Ricky" George Harris II Celebration of Life at New Hope Baptist Church on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017 in Long Beach, CA. (Photo by @ATurnerArchives)[/caption][caption id="attachment_176756" align="alignnone" width="922"]rfocus.org LONG BEACH, CA - JANUARY 03: General view of Pallbearers preparing funeral procession at Richard "Ricky" George Harris II Celebration of Life at New Hope Baptist Church on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017 in Long Beach, CA. (Photo by @ATurnerArchives)[/caption][caption id="attachment_176757" align="alignnone" width="999"]rfocus.org LONG BEACH, CA - JANUARY 02: (C) Annie Pearl Waddell Ricky's Mom, Annie McKnight, J Anthony Brown, Battelcat, Royale Watkins, Doug Williams, Kim Tavers, Sherri Shepherd, Louis Dix, Luenell, Hope Flood, Adai Lamar, Jeff Arnold and more seen at Richard "Ricky" George Harris II Family & Friends viewing at Golgotha Trinity Baptist Church on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017 in Long Beach, CA. (Photo by @ATurnerArchives)[/caption][caption id="attachment_176758" align="alignnone" width="995"]rfocus.org LONG BEACH, CA - JANUARY 03: Rick's Pallbearers Lewis Dix Jr., Jeff Arnold, Guy Torry, Joe Torry, David Brandon and Tobin Burns seen at Richard "Ricky" George Harris II Celebration of Life at New Hope Baptist Church on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017 in Long Beach, CA. (Photo by @ATurnerArchives)[/caption]

Originally posted on 2017-01-04 10:55:32

Rapper Shawty Lo Dies in Car Crash

Originally posted on 2016-09-21 07:02:33

The hip hop music community has lost Shawty Lo after a car crash early this morning. The 40-year-old died after his 2016 Audi crashed into two trees ejecting him from the car. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Two other passengers were had nonlife-threatening injuries.

Lo was best known for the singles "Dey Know" and "Laffy Taffy" as a member of the Atlanta-based group D4L. Lo was involved in a controversy over a reality show a few years ago "All My Babies' Mamas" in which he was trying to balance the mothers of his 10 children (at the time) which never aired because of a backlash members of the black community who thought the show was too stereotypical. We will keep you posted on arrangements.

Originally posted on 2016-09-21 07:02:33

Popular "Rocky" Actor Dies

Popular "Rocky" Actor Dies

Originally posted on 2020-05-05 00:00:00

Radio Facts: rocky-actor-tony-burton-has-died-aged-78-862212 One of my favorite lines from a the classic "Rocky" series is "Throw in the damn towel." That line was delivered by actor Tony Burton and has been used in several memes. According to TMZ, “Rocky” actor Tony Burton has died. There is no official cause of death, but apparently he had been ill for some time. Burton had appeared in the first 6 “Rocky” films, and would have appeared in “Creed” if his health was up to par. Burton played the character “Duke” who was boxer Apollo Creed’s trainer. Radio Facts would like to offer our condolences to his family, friends, and fans around the world.
RIP Malik "Phife Dawg" Taylor, A Tribe Called Quest's co Founder Dies

RIP Malik “Phife Dawg” Taylor, A Tribe Called Quest’s co Founder Dies

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Originally posted on 2016-03-23 08:07:33

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Vet hip hop music group Tribe Called Quest member and co-founder Malik Taylor aka Phife Dawg has died. The 45-year-old rapper had been suffering from various health ailments over recent years including Type 1 Diabetes and kidney transplant surgery. Taylor co founded the group in 1985 with Q-Tip and Ali Shaheed Muhammed. The group last performed on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon this past November. We'll keep you posted on services.

 

Originally posted on 2016-03-23 08:07:33

Popular "Rocky" Actor Dies

Popular "Rocky" Actor Dies

Originally posted on 2020-05-05 00:00:00

Radio Facts: rocky-actor-tony-burton-has-died-aged-78-862212 One of my favorite lines from a the classic "Rocky" series is "Throw in the damn towel." That line was delivered by actor Tony Burton and has been used in several memes. According to TMZ, “Rocky” actor Tony Burton has died. There is no official cause of death, but apparently he had been ill for some time. Burton had appeared in the first 6 “Rocky” films, and would have appeared in “Creed” if his health was up to par. Burton played the character “Duke” who was boxer Apollo Creed’s trainer. Radio Facts would like to offer our condolences to his family, friends, and fans around the world.
Birmingham Radio Jock Mz. Katt Dies

Birmingham Radio Radio DJ Mz. Katt Dies

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Originally posted on 2016-07-05 06:38:16

10474088_931020540264126_384288248237305054_oRadio Radio DJ Katrina Holman aka "Mz Katt" died this past Friday from an unknown ailment. She told family she was not feeling well and was taken to the hospital where her health continued to decline rapidly and she passed. She was from Birmingham, AL and well loved by the community that she served on 95.7 Jamz (WBHJ).Mz. Katt, the Dirty South Diva was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. She graduated from Ramsay High School and later attended the University of Montevallo before transferring to the University of Alabama (Roll Tide!). Her first break in the radio business came in 2000 at WBHJ 95.7 JAMZ after landing an internship with Cox Radio.  Shortly after, she was hired as an on-air personality. Through her work with Summit Media, Katt has worked all around the southeast welcoming us to the Kitty City on the airwaves and stages all over!Mz. Katt always had a passion for connecting to listeners, supporting their endeavors, and hosting various events, talent shows, church functions, school activities, neighborhood rallies and more.  Katt loved Birmingham and the talent that it possesses in its artists.  She had an even bigger space in her heart for supporting and highlighting the talents of independent artists from across the state and spent her Sunday nights doing that on the airwaves with her show,  Alabama Now. Alabama is a music platform that features Alabama artists and provides helpful information for new artists.    Her smile, positive attitude, and sultry Southern voice have left a lasting impression on everyone that she encountered. That along with her motto, “Don’t talk about it, be about it” will remind all of us to get up, get out and get active as we work towards making their dreams a reality. Mz. Katt was a part of building an organization called G.L.O.W. (Girls Living On Will-Power) to support young women and encourage them to make positive choices in appearance, morality, and academic achievement. Her acts of kindness and service will be remembered for years to come.

Originally posted on 2016-07-05 06:38:16

DJ Official Dies after Double Lung Transplant

DJ Official Dies after Double Lung Transplant

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Originally posted on 2016-08-16 06:58:56

3982Christian rapper Lecrae paid tribute to DJ Official via Twitter saying “I know you deejaying on the other side. See you soon.” He continued, typing, “We talked everyday for the last 4 years. The squad won’t be the same. I know you’re glad to be with Jesus.” DJ Official had a rare form of cancer that made his lungs only operate at 13% capacity. He had a double lung transplant that left him in critical condition at which point he passed.   

Originally posted on 2016-08-16 06:58:56

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