Grand Master DJ Roc Raida of the X-Ecutioners has died today (September 19) of complications.
In August, the 37-year-old DJ–born Anthony Williams–was hospitalized as a result of a spinal injury. While reports were sketchy regarding the incident, the hip-hop industry began a campaign wishing the great DJ a speedy recovery.
After two successful surgeries and admittance into an inpatient physical therapy facility, Roc Raida started to have complications and died this morning.
“Raida was recently in an mixed martial arts accident, something that he has been practicing for several years,” a statement from his family read. “Although he had undergone two surgeries with great success, he was released to an inpatient physical therapy facility and was in great spirits the past few days. This morning he started to have complications and passed. The family asks for privacy at this time.”
The news first hit the web this afternoon via Busta Rhymes’ Twitter page.
“I am sorry to say that on this day at 2:05, September 19th, we lost another incredible life. DJ Roc Raida die today. My personal DJ is gone,” Busta tweeted.
Roc Raida was a member of the popular DJ collective The X-Ecutioners, whose line-up consisted of founder Rob Swift, Total Eclipse, Mista Sinista and Roc Raida (Steve Dee, DJ Boogie Blind and DJ Precision were also members at various times).
During his career, Roc Raida won many awards including the 1995 DMC World DJ Championship.
He is survived by his wife, three daughters and mother.