Three 6 Mafia's founding member Ricky "Lord Infamous" Dunigan has reportedly died at the age of 40. The rapper's body was found at his mother's home in Memphis, Tennessee on Friday, Dec. 20, HipHopDX reports.
Dunigan first broke out in the music industry with the help of DJ Paul and Juicy J. On Saturday, DJ Paul's publicist confirmed the news of his passing.
"He did pass away at his mothers house last night in Memphis," Dove Clark told HipHopDX in an interview. "The cause of death is unknown. We're actually trying to figure out how he died and that is all the information we currently have." (Back in 2010, Dunigan suffered a heart attack and stroke.)
"He passed away in his sleep from a heart attack," DJ Paul told The Hollywood Reporter. "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."
The sudden death has also been confirmed by other members of the group via social media. "R.I.P. lord infamous," Juicy J tweeted Saturday. "Thx you for your prayers, I'm very hurt, can't believe it's true." Lil Wyte added: "He gave us the name #Triple6Mafia he was a pioneer, he was a god, he was my friend. RIP Ricky 'Lord Infamous' Dunnigan."
Three 6 Mafia was created in the mid-90s. In 2006, they won Best Original Song for "It's Hard out Here for a Pimp" (a pivotal song in the film Hustle and Flow) at the 78th Academy Awards. Two years later, they went on to win Favorite Band/Duo/Group at the American Music Awards.
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