There is sad news circulating the rap world today; even more so fans of the group Three 6 Mafia.
Lord Infamous, one of the founding members of the rap group Three 6 Mafia passed away on Friday evening at the age of 40. Apparently, Lord Infamous, whose real name is Ricky Dunigan, passed on while visiting his mother in Memphis.
Three 6 Mafia member DJ Paul, who is also Dunigan’s half-brother, spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about the circumstances surrounding Lord Infamous’ passing.
He passed away in his sleep from a heart attack.” DJ Paul said. “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.”
Unfortunately, when his mother returned home after being away for several hours, she found her son at the table, already deceased.
Five of the original members of the group; DJ Paul, Crunchy Black, Koopsta Knicca, Lord Infamous, and Gangsta Boo, had just reformed for a reunion project entitled Da Mafia 6ix resulting in an album entitled 6ix Commandments. The name was changed due to contractual obligations with Sony that prevented Juicy J from performing with DJ Paul in a group not Three 6 Mafia under a different label.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the group was preparing for a show next week just outside of Memphis.
Upon hearing the news, Juicy J and other group members took to Twitter to express their feelings.
R.I.P. lord Infamous
— juicy j (@therealjuicyj) December 21, 2013
Thx you for your prayers , I’m very hurt, can’t believe it’s true
— juicy j (@therealjuicyj) December 22, 2013
Three 6 Mafia Member Gangsta Boo expressed much the same heartfelt loss as Juicy J.
Rest in Peace Lord Infamous please respect the family and dear friends during this tragedy.
— Lola aka Boo (@GangstaBooQOM) December 21, 2013
I remember when I was 15 I use to call Ricky rapping to him all the time. I thought we’d grow old together to be honest. This is a nightmare
— Lola aka Boo (@GangstaBooQOM) December 22, 2013
In addition to releasing albums like the Mystic Stylez in 1995, Three 6 Mafia also won an Academy Award for Best Original Song for “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp” which was featured in the film Hustle & Flow starring Terrence Howard.