Roc Raida, of The X-Ecutioners, Dies Suddenly

Roc RaidaAnother hip-hop great has passed. Roc Raida died over the weekend.

The news was revealed by Busta Rhymes, via Twitter (@BusaBusss), earlier this morning (September 19).

“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.

In August, the late DJ (real name: 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.

He was said to be on the road to recovery. However, Roc Raida suffered from complications early Saturday morning and passed.

“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 under gone 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.”

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, he won many awards including the 1995 DMC World DJ Championship.

He is survived by his wife, three lovely daughters, mother and friends.

16 comments
  1. just goes to show life is too short.Damn ppl need to stop all this beef and hating and realize that we not here forever

  2. I’m not overly familiar with his work but listening to so many of those artists I must have heard. Life goes quick folks. If you have a dream, chase it like he did, because you are promised tomorrow.

    RIP Roc.

  3. There is another hole left in the DJ world that will never be filled.

  4. OMG! DJ ROC
    RAIDA!! R.I.P MY brother! i will always remember those turntablist
    sessions at your crib on the gold 1200s!! im in shock right now! Condolences 2 his wife and 3 daughters! gotta call her!

  5. It’s Real To Have witness the legend in his prime…..
    R.I.P BIG ROC RAIDA With Love …..
    thanks for the great Its memories .
    1200 kings 4 ever . one love my g

  6. Wow, roc raida had 3 daughters, a son name earl, sister name tamneka and a brother name ralph,get the info posted right if ya gonna post things about my family

  7. Damn man. That really sucks.
    My condolences to his wife, 3 daughters, mom and the rest of his family. R.I.P. Roc Raida.

  8. R.I.P. Roc Raida. I remember you and my uncle practicing all those tricks in the crib. You will be missed bro.

  9. Seems like yesterday when I saw you at the House of Blues LA. Much respect and R.I.P. Roc Raida

  10. ride in peace roc raida you you will be missed and never forgotten.

  11. Thank you for all the inspiration!!!!I will miss you dearly> prayers and love to his WHOLE FAMILY!! WHAT FM!!!

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