Three 6 Mafia rapper Lord Infamous dies at age 40

(CNN) -- Ricky Dunigan, better known as Lord Infamous, a founding member of the Oscar-winning rap group Three 6 Mafia, died of a heart attack last week, according to a release from Black Rain Entertainment.
Dunigan, 40, died Friday.
"Dunigan's family is grateful for all the condolences and prayers, and would like to request privacy in their time of grief," the statement said.
Lord Infamous left the group in 2006, the year Three 6 Mafia surprisingly won an Academy Award for best original song with "It's Hard Out Here For a Pimp," from the movie "Hustle & Flow." Billboard reported he was forced to leave, having spent time locked up.

Ricky Dunigan, aka Lord Infamous, was a founding member of the Oscar-winning rap group Three 6 Mafia.
That year, Dunigan and Il Tone, a longtime friend, founded the music company Black Rain Entertainment, and Lord Infamous soon began a solo career.
Earlier this year, he rejoined his old band mates to form Da Mafia 6ix, according to Rolling Stone magazine.
One of his fellow rappers, DJ Paul, who was with him at his mother's house in Memphis, Tennessee, when Lord Infamous died, said, "He was at home sitting at the table and he just lay his head down and he just left us."
The group was planning to release an album next March.
"Lord Infamous was the kind of person that never cared about having a lot of money or this or that," DJ Paul told Rolling Stone. "He just liked to make music, he liked to rap, and he liked to make people happy."
Juicy J, another Three 6 Mafia member, thanked fans for their condolences on Twitter: "Thx you for your prayers, I'm very hurt, can't believe it's true," he wrote to his 1.4 million followers.
Rolling Stone reported that Lord Infamous had a heart attack and stroke in 2010, but had not been sick recently.

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No idea why that looks so good but it will definitely be on the list of things to drink tomorrow.

Now I know what people felt when John Lennon died

LOL at Gritty.

This happened days ago Phone Post 3.0

You know they're a well known, respected celebrity when it only takes CNN 5 days to report their death.

Talk about living in the limelight. Poor guy probably got hounded for DOZENS of autographs.

In 1993.

RIP. Loved that guy. And this did happen a while ago. Phone Post 3.0

Fucking terrible rap group Phone Post 3.0

Harmon Whistler - You know they're a well known, respected celebrity when it only takes CNN 5 days to report their death.

Talk about living in the limelight. Poor guy probably got hounded for DOZENS of autographs.

In 1993.


More people know him than you. lol

mikedudikoff - LOL at Gritty.


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RIP Infamous love his Anyone Out There track on CHPT 2 World Domination Phone Post 3.0

Phillysliced - Fucking terrible rap group Phone Post 3.0
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People scoffed at Kanye for claiming his job is more deadly than military or cops, but he's probably right.

a stroke and a heart attack at the age of 37 and then a fatal heart attack at 40? he might have needed to modify his lifestyle choices

Om my God! First Doe B, now Lord Infamous!

Sad because they just reunited. Their new group name is da mafia six. Phone Post