Pioneering Hiphop DJ Dies At 55

Kay Slay, a pioneering hip-hop deejay, has passed away. He was 55 years old at the time. 

After a four-month battle with COVID-19, the disc jockey and record executive, whose real name was Keith Grayson, died Sunday evening. 

The news of his death was confirmed by statements from Hot 97 and his family obtained by PEOPLE.

“Our hearts are broken by the passing of Keith Grayson, professionally known as DJ Kay Slay,” his family said. “A dominant figure in Hip Hop culture with millions of fans worldwide, DJ Kay Slay will be remembered for his passion and excellence with a legacy that will transcend generations.”

They added: “In memory of DJ Kay Slay, our family wishes to thank all of his friends, fans, and supporters for their prayers and well wishes during this difficult time. We ask that you respect our privacy as we grieve this tragic loss.”

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