A Member Of A Pioneering Latino Rap Group Has Died Way Too Young
Bobby Ramirez, one of the founding members of Latino rap group Lighter Shade Of Brown, has died. He was only 46.
According to TMZ, Ramirez was found unconscious on a Las Vegas street with a body temperature of 107 degrees. Family members told TMZ that Ramirez, who spent years battling alcohol addiction, most likely died from heat stroke and a heart attack.
Ramirez had been in a coma for 11 days before he was pulled off of life support. His partner in Lighter Shade Of Brown, Robert “ODM” Gutierrez, informed fans of Ramirez’s death via Facebook.
“It is with great sadness to inform you that our brother Bobby DTTX Ramirez has passed away. Bobby’s final breath was taken on Monday July 18th 2016 at 2:20pm. On behalf of the Ramirez family, they would like to thank friends and the fans for ALL of your prayers during this difficult time. A PayPal account has been set up in his honor to help his family with funeral expenses,” Gutierrez wrote.
If the name Lighter Shade Of Brown sounds familiar, you probably remember their hit song “On A Sunday Afternoon.”
In the early ’90s, Lighter Shade Of Brown was one of several seminal West Coast Latino rap groups that achieved some mainstream success.
Along with acts like Kid Frost, Mellow Man Ace and Cypress Hill, Lighter Shade of Brown’s ODM (One Dope Mexican) and DTTX (Don’t Try To Xerox) rapped about Latino pride and brought Spanglish to the radio airwaves of Los Angeles and beyond.
After the success of “On A Sunday Afternoon,” Lighter Shade of Brown released other popular singles such as “Homies”…
And “Hey DJ.”
Robert Gutierrez, who had recently reunited with Ramirez to play shows together, revealed that a GoFundme page has been set up to help Ramirez’s family pay for his medical expenses.
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