Lord Infamous, a rapper and founding member of Three 6 Mafia, was found dead on Friday in Memphis at the age of 40.
His half-brother and fellow Three 6 Mafia member DJ Paul confirmed the sad passing of Lord Infamous.
He passed away in his sleep from a heart attack at his mother’s home.
DJ Paul stated, “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”.
Lord Infamous, whose real name was Ricky Dunigan, was found dead by his mother at the table when she came back home from running errands.
Three 6 Mafia won an Oscar in 2006 for Best Original Song for the song “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp” from the movie starring Terrence Howard entitled “Hustle & Flow”.
Infamous left the group in 2006, according to Billboard. He joined up with DJ Paul and other former Three 6 members Crunchy Black, Koopsta Knicca and Gangster Boo for the group Da Mafia 6ix.
Several rappers, including Three 6 Mafia member Juicy J, Lil Wyte and Bun B, took to Twitter to express their condolences.
Fellow Three 6 member Gangsta Boo broke the news Saturday morning, tweeting, “Rest in Peace Lord Infamous please respect the family and dear friends during this tragedy.”
Three 6 Mafia was founded in the mid-90s and won Favorite Band/Duo/Group at the American Music Awards two years later.
Dove Clark said of Infamous’ death, “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.”
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