Ricky "Lord Infamous" Dunigan, co-founder and cornerstone of hip hop group Three 6 Mafia passed away over the weekend, allegedly suffering a fatal heart attack while at his mother's home in Memphis, Tennessee. "He was at home sitting at the table and he just lay his head down and he just left us" confirmed the rapper's uncle and band mate DJ Paul to Rolling Stone. He also spoke of his nephew's musical impact; "He was a legend in the game, truly ahead of his time," DJ Paul told Rolling Stone. "He was such a great lyricist and he always came with these different styles in his rap and his flow. He never cared about having a lot of money or this or that. He just liked to make music, he liked to rap, and he liked to make people happy". Former band member Juicy J also confirmed via his Twitter account, saying "R.I.P. Lord Infamous" and "Thank you for your prayers, I'm very hurt, can't believe it's true."
Dunigan had previously suffered heart attack back in 2010 as well as a stroke, but there were no apparent or noted health issues from then until now. Sources could not confirm whether or not this was a contributing factor to the attack that took his life but it is not being ruled out.
Dunigan's career began in the early nineties when he, Juicy J and DJ Paul formed Three 6 Mafia. Their debut album Mystic Stylez was released in 1994. He and four of the original members had reunited earlier this year under the name Da Mafia 6ix, releasing a mixtape called 6ix Commandments in November. DJ Paul also said that he was working on a new album for the group, which was set to be released next year.