Legendary turntablist/producer DJ Roc Raida, real name Anthony Williams, passed away today September 19.
Roc Raida was part of the collective group The X-Ecutioners (formerly X-Men) and has won many awards including the 1995 DMC World DJ Championship.
Here is a statement released by his family:
Anthony Williams p/k to the world as The Legendary Grand Master Roc Raida has passed away unexpectedly today Sept 19 2009. He is survived by his wife, 3 lovely daughters, mother and friends. Raida was recently in an mixed martial arts accident, something that he has been practicing for several years. Although he had under gone 2 surgeries with great success, 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.