I've just heard via Twitter (and also from one of my crew members, Loop), that Roc Raida has just passed away...
We had been informed of his accident just over a week ago, and he seemed to be doing well following spinal surgery. Like many, I was hoping he would be making a full recovery. I'm truly shocked at the sudden bad news...My thoughts go out to his family and friends.
I had the pleasure of meeting Roc Raida one time briefly back at the 2006 DMC World Finals, and can safely say he was a genuinely cool guy, really humble and down to earth; one of those dudes who would take the time to chat to anybody. As a DJ, he influenced a whole generation with his innovative juggling patterns and body tricks. It's obvious to see why he was worthy of being a world champion, as well as a Grandmaster of the art.
R.I.P. one of the greatest DMC Champions of all time. Alongside DJ AM, he will be sorely missed.