Founding member of Memphis, Tennessee hip-hop group Three 6 Mafia, Lord Infamous, has died. The 40-year-old rapper was found dead in his mother’s home in Memphis on Friday night US time, with fellow Three 6 Mafia member Gangsta Boo breaking the news via Twitter the next morning.
“Rest in Peace Lord Infamous please respect the family and dear friends during this tragedy (sic),” wrote Gangsta Boo in his tweet. Fellow crew member Juicy J likewise extended condolences to his fallen friend via Twitter, along with a raft of other rappers including Lil Wyte and Bun B.
Lord Infamous, real name Ricky Dunigan, was the half-brother of fellow Three 6 Mafia member DJ Paul, who confirmed the cause of death as a heart attack to The Hollywood Reporter. “He’ll be remembered as a legend, everybody knew him as a legend, an icon,” Paul told the magazine.
“He passed away in his sleep from a heart attack… He said he was tired, he wanted to sleep. He sat down at the kitchen table, put his head in his arms to lay down…to get some sleep,” Paul explained. Paul learned of Dunigan’s death via phone calls from the rapper’s mother and girlfriend.
Dunigan joined Three 6 Mafia at its inception in 1991, going on to score underground hits such as 2000′s Sippin’ on Some Syrup and crossover singles such as 2005′s Stay Fly and It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp from the Hustle & Flow soundtrack, which won an Oscar for Best Original Song.
UPDATE: Dunigan’s half-brother, DJ Paul, has opened up about the rapper’s legacy in a new interview with XXL magazine, describing him as “the nicest dude in the world” and crediting him, along with the rest of the Three 6 Mafia crew, as “one of the creators of crunk.”
“He was one of the creators of crunk and the whole dark sound music with 808s and repetitive hooks that we did. All the drugs and the stuff that we talked about before rappers were even ready to do it… The whole crunk thing–the whole sound of the dirty South…it’s nationwide.”
Speaking about his brother as a person, he says, “He was telling his momma last week that he wanted to get right with everybody that he ever made mad in his life. But he never made anybody mad because everybody loved him… He was the nicest dude in the world.”
“Lately, he was so happy about everything that was going on like the regroup of the crew,” he adds. “That was his idea. He fought for that with me. He was like, ‘We got to do this.’ It was supposed to be just me and him… But he wanted to do the group thing first, with the whole group.”
Asked about a stroke Dunigan suffered in 2010, DJ Paul says, “He seemed like he was all right. He just had to walk with a cane. He got his speech back together; he was getting over the whole cane situation. He started to dance on stage, wildn’ just like usual.”
“It hasn’t hit me yet. It’s real sad. But I’m happy that he went peacefully because he was asleep and he wasn’t hurt, because anyone who knew him, anyone who grew up with him know he escaped death a gazillion times,” Paul told HipHopDX.
A new report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) shows that MDMA-related visits have increased by a shocking 129 percent in just the last six years. The report also indicates that visits among individuals younger than 21 years has jumped from 4,460 in 2005 to over 10,000 in 2011.
“These findings raise concerns about the increase in popularity of this potentially harmful drug, especially in young people. Ecstasy is a street drug that can include other substances that can render it even more potentially harmful. We need to increase awareness about this drug’s dangers and take other measures to prevent its sue,” Peter Delany, MD, SAMSHA’s director of the Center for Behavioral Health and Statistics and Quality said, via a press release.
The Drug Policy Alliance notes that a typical dose of MDMA (also known as Molly) is around 100 to 125 mg and typically lasts four to six hours. The effects of the drug resemble both stimulants and psychedelics, according to the organization.
As more throughout the United States are using the product, especially in the club seen, health organizations note that the drug can cause body temperature to increase to a dangerously high levels that may increase the risk of renal and cardiac failure.
This pure form of ecstasy is often mixed with high amounts of alcohol, which can also be linked to higher rates of distortion of sense or perception of time.
And unfortunately, the drug is often popularized in music and by many celebrities, despite ample cause for concern with the illegal compounds.
August 15 2013
A push is on in Hennepin County to allow sheriff’s deputies to carry an antidote to heroin and other opiates that can be given to someone who is overdosing.
The proposal being addressed Tuesday afternoon before a state legislative committee comes amid a wave of heroin overdose fatalities in Minnesota. Last year, there were 35 people in Hennepin and Ramsey counties who died of heroin overdoses, according to state health records.
Heroin and other opiates, including prescription drug abuse, killed 129 people in the two counties in 2012.
The antidote is called Narcan. Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek will join state DFL Sen. Chris Eaton, of Brooklyn Center, at the Senate hearing in urging the creation of new laws that would allow deputies to administer Narcan.
In Wisconsin, the La Crosse Fire Department is first in line for a yearlong pilot program to train firefighters to use naloxone. It’s been done in New York and Massachusetts, also, where cities have since reported decreases in overdose deaths.
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WEST HOLLYWOOD (CBSLA.com) — River Phoenix was remembered Thursday night, 20 years after the actor’s death outside a popular West Hollywood nightclub.
The 23-year-old, known for his roles in “Stand by Me,” “Running on Empty” and “My Own Private Idaho,” died of a drug overdose outside of the Viper Room, which was then owned by Johnny Depp, on Halloween night in 1993.
Fans marked the tragedy by placing candles, flowers and cards outside of the club.
“Solemn day for all of us in remembrance of what happened here,” said Brad Robinson, the Viper Room’s operations manager. “We try to honor him in everything we do.”
Phoenix was hanging out with other stars, including Depp and Christina Applegate, on the fateful night. It was inside the club where he suffered drug-induced convulsions.
“It was a very shocking thing. He was such a wonderful, uprising star…it was…
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The ‘That ’70s Show’ star, who played Laurie on the sitcom, died on Aug. 14, 2013, at the tender age of 43. She passed away in her sleep. She was being treated for alcoholism, something that had developed into an issue for her in recent years. However, foul play has since been ruled out as a cause of death, although it was initially suspected as a possible factor in her passing.
The singer and actor, 31, was beloved as Finn Hudson on ‘Glee’ and adored by his onscreen and real-life love Lea Michele. But he was not without his demons, as he checked into rehab in the spring to treat his addiction issues once again. He died of an overdose a few months later and was discovered in a Vancouver hotel room on July 13, 2013, devastating fans and the TV community. His ‘Glee’ character was killed off to coincide with Monteith’s death.
In early 2011, Hanneman contracted necrotizing fasciitis. Reports linked this illness with a spider bite he claimed to have received while in a friend’s hot tub.
In light of his illness and Slayer’s upcoming participation in the Australian Soundwave Festival tour that was set to begin on February 26, 2011, the band made the decision to play the dates without Hanneman, and on February 16, 2011, brought on Gary Holt (guitarist of the band Exodus) to fill in for him. Pat O’Brien joined as Slayer’s temporary second guitarist when Holt left the tour to play with Exodus. In 2012, bandmate Tom Araya announced a recovery from the disease. However, later in February 2013, Kerry King revealed continuing health problems that kept Hanneman from working.
Hanneman died of liver failure on May 2, 2013, in a Southern California hospital near his home. On May 9, 2013, the official cause of death was announced as alcohol-related cirrhosis. Hanneman and his family had apparently been unaware of the extent of the condition until shortly before his death
The Kris Kross rapper, 34, was a mega star in the early ’90s as one-half of the backwards-dressing teen duo. He died on May 1, 2013 in Atlanta and was found unresponsive in his home. Kelly, who was ‘Mac Daddy’ when active in the duo, had an extensive history of drug abuse, which was believed to have lead to his death. That’s Kelly on the left in the image.