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Since: 9.1.02
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CNN and Foxnews are reporting Rick james was found dead in his home this morning. No links as of yet.



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This is from Miami Herald (subscription required, so I won't bother linking):

Funk Singer Rick James Dies in Los Angeles

Associated Press


LOS ANGELES - Funk singer Rick James, best known for the 1981 hit "Super Freak," died Friday, apparently of natural causes, police said.

James, 56, died at 9:45 a.m. at a residence near Universal City, said Officer Esther Reyes, a Police Department spokeswoman.

"He died apparently of natural causes. We learned of his death after responding to a radio call," Reyes said.

After his big hit, James' fame began to fade as he became embroiled in legal problems and health troubles.

James was convicted in 1993 of assaulting two women. The first attack occurred in 1991 when he restrained and burned a young woman with a hot pipe during a cocaine binge at his house in West Hollywood. He was free on bail when the second assault occurred in 1992 in James' hotel room.

James was sentenced to more than two years in state prison.

In 1997, he released a new album, but a year later he suffered a stroke while performing at Denver's Mammoth Events Center, derailing a comeback tour.

In 1998 he also underwent hip replacement surgery.


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Since: 25.4.03
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Here's the CNN link ... I believe it says roughly the same thing ...

http://www.cnn.com/2004/SHOWBIZ/Music/08/06/rick.james/index.html



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Since: 11.1.02
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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.53
Aw man...that's 10 different kinds of terrible.





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For some reason, when I think of Rick James dying, natural causes wouldn't be in the top 50 explanations I'd expect.
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    Originally posted by redsoxnation
    For some reason, when I think of Rick James dying, natural causes wouldn't be in the top 50 explanations I'd expect.


Yeah. Dying at 56 is NOT natural in this day and age.

My dad has had prostate cancer since 1995 and he's about to turn 75. If he can make it to 75 ANYBODY can.




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Actually my first thought was:

The first attack occurred in 1991 when he restrained and burned a young woman with a hot pipe during a cocaine binge at his house in West Hollywood.

That was THIRTEEN YEARS ago?! Damn, I'm OLD.



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When they say natural causes, it was most likely a heart attack or stroke, caused by permanent damage to his body from years of drug abuse. Technically there was nothing in his system when he died, so it was a natural death.
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Since: 25.6.02
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The dangers of drugs...





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    Originally posted by Tenken347
    When they say natural causes, it was most likely a heart attack or stroke, caused by permanent damage to his body from years of drug abuse. Technically there was nothing in his system when he died, so it was a natural death.


Right. Brian Pillman technically died of natural causes, too.



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#11 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.38
    Originally posted by OlFuzzyBastard
      Originally posted by Tenken347
      When they say natural causes, it was most likely a heart attack or stroke, caused by permanent damage to his body from years of drug abuse. Technically there was nothing in his system when he died, so it was a natural death.


    Right. Brian Pillman technically died of natural causes, too.






Rick James having nothing in his system at the time of his death is even more shocking than natural causes.
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This puts a damper on the weekend.

Well, it looks like next weeks Vegas bender will be dedicated to Rick James.




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Since: 11.1.02
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#13 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.53
    Originally posted by evilwaldo
    This puts a damper on the weekend.

    Well, it looks like next weeks Vegas bender will be dedicated to Rick James.



Agreed. I've already named next weekend the Rick James Vegas Memorial '04.





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