It's a sad time for legendary hip hop group, The Roots. Unfortunately, the band's longtime manager Richard Nichols passed away after a long fight with leukemia. He was 55 years old.
— The Roots (@theroots) July 17, 2014
The band released a statement on the loss of their extended family.
Statement from The Roots:
The Roots Family are devastated to announce the passing of Richard Nichols, the band’s longtime manager, after a long battle with leukemia. Nichols, 55, a Philadelphia native, managed the band from its inception in 1992, and was instrumental in every aspect of The Roots’ creative, cultural, and professional life over the past two decades. Nichols is survived by his wife, Mercedes Martinez, his sons Amiri Nichols and Rakim Nichols, his sisters Rochelle Nichols-Solomon, Rebecca Dennis, his brothers Russell Nichols and Reginald Nichols, and the many individuals and artists he mentored in his lifetime.
We offer our condolences to The Roots and Nichols' friends and family.