James Yancey


Age: 32

Summary: influential hip-hop producer known as J Dilla whose soulful beats formed the backdrop to songs by such artists as Common, Busta Rhymes, and A Tribe Called Quest (his most recent CD, the instrumental Donuts, was released three days before his death) who had also finished recording a soon-to-be released compilations album called Welcome to Detroit, Vol. 2.

Cause of Death: Complications from lupus

Born: February 7, 1974

Died: February 10, 2006

Los Angeles, California