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RFFocus : Those we said Goodbye to in 2013

Paul-Walker-dead-few-recent-quotes-by-Paul-WalkerWe all know that death is inevitable and he loss quite a few industry legends this year. From the tragically unexpected death of actor Paul Walker to the passing of those suffering with illness, has been a year to remember and honor the dead. RFFocus would like to say Rest in Prosperity to all those that moved on this year and we send sincere condolences to those affected by the passing of their loved ones. (CLICK NEXT FOR MORE LEGENDS)

Nelson Mandela

Nelson-Mandela1We would like to take this time out to offer our sincere condolences to Nelson Mandela’s family, loved ones, and anyone that was touched or influenced by this man’s dedication. Rest in Prosperity Nelson Mandela! This man was not only important to South Africa but also to the entire world. President Obama gave a statement live from the White House regarding the legacy of this extraordinary human being. At his trial in 1964, Nelson Mandela closed his statement from the dock saying, “I have fought against white domination and I have fought against black domination. I’ve cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.” (CLICK NEXT FOR MORE LEGENDS)

Jerry Bolding

jerry-bouldingRFFocus was sad to report that industry radio icon Jerry “The Doctor” Boulding, 75, passed away this year. He had been very ill over the last couple of weeks prior to Thanksgiving and he died on the evening of Thanksgiving. Kevin worked with Jerry at Urban Network and would often say that he was the most brilliant radio mind in the industry. – (CLICK NEXT FOR MORE LEGENDS)

Ricky Lawson

RickyLawsonRFFocus reported that legendary industry drummer RICKY LAWSON suffered an aneurysm a week prior to his family taking him off life support. Lawson played in his high school jazz band, which consisted of only 5 members (including the director). Ricky played for The Sons of Soul, who performed at the 1969 Michigan State Fair, opening for The Jackson Five along with The Blazer, a band from Cooley High School in Detroit that included La Palabra. Also in high school, he played such sports as water polo and swimming. His swimming talent eventually earned him a scholarship to college. Though he only spent one year at college and was asked to play drums for Stevie Wonder. Then in the 80′s and 90′s he played drums for Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston. He played on Whitney’s famous hit, “I Will Always Love You”. Ricky has a one note “solo” in the song, where he kicks the bass drum before Whitney’s dramatic vocal finale. He says that this is his favorite solo of his career. Lawson has collaborated with many artists including Michael Jackson, Eric Clapton, Steely Dan, Phil Collins, Babyface, The Yellowjackets, Whitney Houston, Quincy Jones, Stevie Wonder, and countless others. (CLICK NEXT FOR MORE LEGENDS)

Ricky “Lord Infamous” Dunigan

lord infamousRicky “Lord Infamous” Dunigan of the rap group Three 6 Mafia has died of a heart attack according to the Hollywood Reporter. He was only 40 years old at the time of his death. He was in his mother’s home in Memphis, Tennessee Friday night. “He passed away in his sleep from a heart attack,” his half-brother, Three 6 Mafia’s dj Paul, told The Hollywood Reporter. “He said he was tired, he wanted to sleep. He sat down at the kitchen table, put his head in his arms to lay down … to get some sleep.” Juicy J and Lil Wyte both shared their sentiments via twitter. “Rest in Peace Lord Infamous please respect the family and dear friends during this tragedy,” band member Gangsta Boo tweeted. “I will never forget the shows we rocked together. My heart is in pieces.” “R.I.P. lord infamous,” Three 6 member Juicy J tweeted on Saturday afternoon. “He gave us the name #Triple6Mafia he was a pioneer, he was a god, he was my friend. RIP Ricky ‘Lord Infamous’ Dunigan,” Lil Wyte wrote. (CLICK NEXT FOR MORE LEGENDS)

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