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Details are sketchy at the moment but Lord Infamous, half brother of DJ Paul and original member of Three 6 Mafia and now Da Mafia 6ix has died. The news was confirmed by Gangsta Boo on Twitter. UPDATE: Infamous passed away Friday evening at his mother’s house in his sleep after suffering a heart attack, THR reported.

Infamous – real name Ricky Dunigan – was an integral part in the rise of Memphis hip-hop within Three Six Mafia, as the early traits of the group were rooted in horrorcore like macabre imagery (his being darker than anyone else thus earning the nickname “Lord Of Horrorcore”), dark organ and snare like sonics, essentially the birth of what most would call “trap” beats. When the group switched their lyricism for a far more hardcore approach, Infamous continued on dumping off bodies on wax as if nothing had changed.

A member since the beginning, Infamous was a vital part of the Mafia’s success before the group broke through in the mainstream with “Stay Fly” in 2005, missing out on their biggest album Most Known Unknown due to a parole violation.

He and four of the original members of Three 6 Mafia recently released 6ix Commandments which landed at #34 on the Billboard charts.

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