Legendary turntablist Roc Raida has died as a result of complications following a mixed-martial arts accident, a statement released by his family revealed today.
Raida, real name Anthony Williams, was best known as a member of New York DJ collectives The X-Executioners and The X-Men as well as being Busta Rhymes' personal touring DJ. He was the winner of the 1995 DMC World DJ Championships.
The family's statement read: "Anthony Williams [professionally known] to the world as the Legendary Grand Master Roc Raida has passed away unexpectedly today, September 19, 2009. He is survived by his wife, three lovely daughters, mother and friends.
"Raida was recently in a mixed-martial-arts accident, something that he has been practicing for several years. Although he had undergone two 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."
Rhymes reacted to the news today via his Twitter account. He wrote: ""I am sorry to say that on this day at 2:05, Sept 19th we lost another incredible life ... DJ Roc Raida died today. My personal DJ is gone ... I just wanna thank everyone for your love and support and your prayers ... We will never let your name die Roc ... We love u and will forever miss u ... RIP."