John "Mr. Magic" Rivas

 

 

Age: 53

 

Summary: disc jockey whose persistence in bringing once-reviled rap to mainstream radio in the 1980's helped to pave the way for the breakout of hip-hop culture, who was the first host on commercial radio to devote a program exclusively to rap when his Rap Attack began broadcasting on WBLS-FM in New York in April 1983.

 

 

Cause of Death: Heart attack

 

Born: March 15, 1956

 

Died: October 2, 2009

 

Location: Brooklyn, New York