So sad. Ricky ‘Lord Infamous’ Dunigan died on the night of Dec. 20 after suffering a heart attack in his sleep. He was just 40 years old.
It is a sad day in the hip-hop world, as it has been revealed that a founding member of the rap group Three 6 Mafia, Ricky Dunigan, better known as Lord Infamous, died in his sleep on Dec. 20 at the still young age of 40.
Lord Infamous: Three 6 Mafia Rapper Dies At 40
His bandmate and uncle DJ Paul confirmed the news, stating that Lord Infamous suffered a heart attack while sleeping at his mother’s house in Memphis, Tenn., according to Rolling Stone.
“He was at home sitting at the table and he just lay his head down and he just left us,” DJ Paul told the magazine. Paul said that Infamous had not been ill recently, though he did suffer a stroke in 2010.
Along with Juicy J, Infamous and Paul founded Three 6 Mafia in 1991. They released their debut album. Mystic Stylez four years later. But Three 6 Mafia didn’t merge into the mainstream until 2005, when their song for the movie Hustle and Flow, “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp,” won an Academy Award for Best Original Song.
More recently, Infamous was helping the remaining members of Three 6 Mafia — now called Da Mafia 6ix — on a new album, which is set to be released in March 2014.
“He was a legend in the game, truly ahead of his time,” Paul said. “He was such a great lyricist and he came with these different styles in his rap and his flow.”
Lord Infamous will truly be missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends during this difficult time.
— Andrew Gruttadaro
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