Rick James

 

Age: 56

 

Summary: musician who pioneered the "punk-funk" style of the late 1970's and early 1980's whose hits like Super Freak, You and I and Give It To Me propelled him to fame which his career disintegrated with drug use and violence that sent him to prison and who had suffered a series of health problems in the last 10 years, including a stroke, heart problems, and a hip replacement.

 

 

Cause of Death: Natural causes

 

Born: February 1, 1948

 

Died: August 6, 2004

 

Location: Los Angeles, California