On February 25, 2008 Stephen Ellis Garrett was undergoing a routine procedure for myasthenia garvis. The autoimmune condition required a dialysis-like procedure called plasmapheresis at Louisville's Baptist Hospital East. Everything seemed to go well until the nurse removed his catheter from his arm, causing him to go into respiratory arrest. Garrett, better known as the R&B producer Static Major, passed away on the operating table.
Garrett was born in Louisville on November 11, 1974. He first got into music as a producer for Swing Mob Records and gained is first success in producing the song "Pony" by Ginuwine. Around this time he adopted his stage name of Static Major.He then became a member of the Def Jam group Playa, which released their only self-titled album in 1997. Static Major achieved his greatest success producing songs for the late R&B singer and actress Aaliyah. Some of her greatest hits were produced by him, such as "Are You Somebody?" and 'Try Again".
Static Major gained some recognition as a performer when he collaborated with Lil Wayne on his 2008 song "Lollipop". His debut solo album Suppertime was set to be released around the time of his death. The album is now set to release around the fifth anniversary of his death this year.
Garrett's family filed suit with the hospital, citing neglegence by the doctor and nurse which caused his death.