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Rapper Shawty Lo Dead at 40...

Rapper Shawty Lo Dead at 40...

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Shock is only one of the many emotions friends, family, and fans are feeling this morning at the sad news of the death of Atlanta rapper Shawty Lo. Among that reality are also feelings of pain, lostness, and overwhelming grief. The 40-year old rapper was killed shortly after midnight on September 21, 2016 in what is now being detailed by media as a single vehicle crash. Driving with two females passengers, Shawty Lo is said to have lost control of the 2016 Audi, striking a tree before the vehicle finally overturned and caught fire. Initially, he was thought to be the victim of a hit and run. The two passengers, according to reports, are fine, but currently hospitalized.

 

Shawty Lo, whose real name was Carlos Walker, was known around the world as a founding member of the rap group D4L, as well as founder of D4L Records. He released his debut solo effort, Units in the City, in 2007. Several mixtapes would follow throughout the years between his debut and 2016. The official follow up, Still Got Units", had yet to be released at the time of his death.

 

Stay tuned to UGDigital.com for continued updates and coverage as more becomes available.

KImbo Slice Dead at 42...

MMA Fighter, Kimbo Slice

MMA Fighter, Kimbo Slice

Tuesday, June 7, 2016 - Mixed Martial Artist Kimbo Slice, whose real name was Kevin Ferguson, has passed away of undisclosed causes. He was 42.


Ferguson was taken to a Florida hospital yesterday (June 6, 2016) for undisclosed reasons, and later passed away. The announcement was made by his own promotion company.


A popular street fighter, Kimbo Slice immediately won the hearts and adoration it millions, becoming a YouTube sensation. He successfully used that popularity to transition into a career as a Mixed Martial Artist. Just a year ago, Slice returned to the ring after a 5-year break, defeating fellow fighter Ken Shamrock in June 2015. He was now scheduled to fight in just another month in London against opponent James Thompson.


He is survived by six children.

Prince's Publicist Releases Statement Regarding Death...

Prince's Publicist Releases Statement Regarding Death...

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Prince

As the world is dealing with the recent blow of legendary performer Prince's death, his publicist, Yvette Noel-Schure, has released the following statement: 

 "It is with profound sadness that I am confirming that the legendary iconic performer, Prince Rogers Nelson, has died at his Paisley Park residence this morning at the age of 57.

There are no further details as to the cause of death at this time."

Earlier today, it was reported that Prince was found dead in his Paisley Park estate, after having suffered a short time from the Flu. 

Stay tuned for additional updates as the story continues to unfold... 

 

Prince Reportedly Found Dead in Home..

Prince Reportedly Found Dead in Home..

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In news that is shocking the world as we speak, superstar singer Prince has reportedlybeen found dead in his home in Carvery County, Minnesota.

According to reports from TMZ, the singer's body was found in his Paisley Park compound early today (April 21, 2016).

It is being reported that he was suffering from the Flu as recent as the past week. He was said to have been hospitalized in Moline, Illinois, following an emergency landing in his private jet.

Stay tuned for more information has the story develops....

Phife Dawg Passes Away at 45...

Phife Dawg Passes Away at 45...

Phife Dawg

Phife Dawg

In sad news, rap legend Phife Dawg of the group A Tribe Called Quest has passed away. He was 45.

Just a few short hours ago, tweets from the likes of Aesop Rock, Chuck D, and others began pouring in, seemingly confirming Phife's untimely death. The first tweet came from DJ Chuck Chillout. While an official cause of death has yet to be mentioned, it is known that he has battled the effects of Diabetes for more than two decades. He also had a kidney transplant in 2008.

Phife Dawg is most known for his role in Native Tongue, which also included the Jungle Brothers, Monie Love, Queen Latifah, and De La Soul, and A Tribe Called Quest.

Stay tuned for updates as the story continues to develop.

Legendary Musician David Bowie Dies at 69

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As the year has started to take off, music has lost yet another legend. David Bowie has passed away following a battle with cancer. He was 69. 

Bowie's death was confirmed by a statement released/posted via his social media accounts:

"David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer. While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief."

Bowie led a groundbreaking career as a recording artist, releasing his self-titled debut in 1967. Over the years, he's released more than 25 albums, with his last, 'Stardust", hitting retailers just 2 days ago. 

Bowie was highly influential in music amongst his peers, especially those in the hip-hop and R&B community. Many of his songs like 'Under Pressure", "Fame", and "Soul Love" were sampled by the likes of Charli Baltimore & Ma$e, Full Force, J. Dilla, Jay-Z, Ice Cube, O.D.B., and a long list of others. Most will immediately remember his hit 'Let's Dance", which was sampled in 1997 by Puff Daddy for the smash "Been Around the World" featuring Ma$e and The Notorious B.I.G..

Stay tuned as this story continues to develop.

Founding 'Whispers' Member Nicholas Caldwell Passes Away at 71...

The entertainment world is mourning the loss of yet another legend. Nicholas Caldwell, who was a founding member of The Whispers, has passed away from congestive heart failure. He was 71. 

 

Launching in the early sixties, the group originally consisted of Caldwell, twins Wallace & Walter Scott, Marcus Hutson, and Gordy Harmon. Harmon left the group in the early seventies, making way for Leavil Degree to join. Marcus Hutson passed away in 2000. He had been ill for more than a decade, performing last with the group in 1989. 

 

The Whispers have led a career that has lasted greater than 50 years. They struck platinum-success with their 1980 classic album. “The Whispers”. Many will remember classic tunes like “Lady”, “Just Gets Better With Time”, “And The Beat Goes On” and “Rock Steady”. “Lady” was written by Caldwell. They released their last album, “Thankful”, in 2009 via Kingdom Records. 


The Whispers have remained active throughout the year, consistently touring with their many hits. Currently on tour, they were due to perform aboard the Soul Train Cruise in just three weeks.

Singer Natalie Cole Dies at 65...

Singer Natalie Cole Dies at 65...

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Legendary singer Natalie Cole has died, according to news reports. She was 65.

 

Publicist Maureen O'Connor confirmed that Cole passed away Thursday night. Cole had a well-chronicled battle with drug abuse, and in 2009, underwent a kidney transplant. Her battle was detailed in her 2000 autobiography, "Angel on My Shoulder".

 

While no official comment has been made in regard to her cause of death, reports are suggesting the cause to be related to congestive heart failure. More recently, Cole cancelled a string of tour dates, due to an "extended hospital stay" following a medical procedure.

 

Throughout her career, Cole released more than 20 albums, beginning with 1975's "Inseparable". In 1991, she released "Unforgettable... With Love"", which paired her with her father, Nat King Cole", on the classic title track. Her most recent release was 2013's "Natalie Cole en Espanol".

 

Cole is survived by one son, Robert Adam Yancy.