Orlando L. Bellamy died of natural causes Monday, May 5, 2014 in Milwaukee. Hundreds of mourners packed the standing room only memorial service Thursday, May 15, 2014. It was held at Paradise Memorial Funeral Home, 7625 W. Appleton Ave., Milwaukee. The Rev. Harold Turner, Sr. officiated with several mourners eulogizing Bellamy.
Orlando was most recently an executive producer with Metro News Network in Milwaukee and the Metro Today Show based in San Diego, California. Bellamy was born on January 6, 1972 to Gary and Vicki Bellamy in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Bellamy attended Wauwatosa East High School graduating with honors in 1990. After high school, he went on to pursue a career in the music industry as the DJ for The Kali. He also opened local record label L3G Records founded in Milwaukee.
At the age of 24, Bellamy moved to Los Angeles where he worked mainly in music publishing for the entire ten years he lived on the West Coast.
After returning to Milwaukee, he worked for the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. He continued to DJ and was an avid music lover according to his family and closest friends. Bellamy was also an avid tennis player and fan.
Early in his music career, “DJ Lando Land” Bellamy traveled the country with Hip Hop group The Kali. He would go on to meet and make an impression on thousands of people.
Bellamy is survived by all members of his immediate family and will be remembered by all he encountered. The official memorial program states, “He will be remembered by all he encountered and met during his short journey in Life. He was loved by many and will be missed by all.”
Bellamy leaves behind his mother, Vicki Bellamy; father Gary Bellamy; brothers, Gary Bellamy II and Emmanuel Bellamy; three nieces, a nephew and a host of other relatives, loved ones, friends and business colleagues.
“We are extremely saddened and in awe that we lost such a good man. Hopefully he'll be in a better place and in less suffering. It is with our deepest sympathy and sincerity, we hope he will find peace and serenity. Our condolences to his family and friends,” stated Stephanie Nicole, former CEO of Metro News.
Orlando Bellamy once wrote, “Bellamy has been radio silence for a minute trying to find the inspiration to get up in the morning. It's been hard for me lately, but I think I've finally got my mind on the right place.” On the loss of his beloved friend Ryan Gross in 2009, Bellamy wrote, “Happy Birthday my love & thank you for showing me that true & equal love does exist. I will live for both of us here until we meet again.”
Authors Note: I was a personal friend of Orlando. He taught me so much and loved me deeply. I loved him just as well. He never had a negative word, always seemed to smile even during the worst of times and he loved life. I was truly blessed to have Orlando Bellamy in my life as one of my closest friends. Words can't express the emptiness that abounds without him near. But, it is with great enthusiasm that I'm sure we'll be together again in a better place and time.