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Roc Raida dies from ‘mixed martial arts accident’

DJ Roc Raida, one of the few hip hop DJs I actually know since he used to play at raves from time to time when I was a stupid teenage candykid, died this Saturday due to “complications from a mixed-martial-arts accident”. What does that mean? Here’s some more details (and a little background on Raida):

Raida, an avid mixed martial arts devotee, had injured his back while training at a gym, and had received back surgery twice in the time since to correct the injury.

He was recovering from the surgery when complications saw his health take a turn for the worst, and he died Saturday Sept. 19. at 2:05 p.m.

Born Anthony Williams, Raid won the 1995 DMC World DJ Championship, earning a spot in the DMC Hall of Fame four years later. The turntable spinner worked with some of the biggest names in music, including Ghostface Killah, Jungle Brothers, Busta Rhymes, Big L and Linkin Park.

He had released six solo albums and seven more with his group, the X-Ecutioners.

Williams had trained in mixed martial arts for several years. He was recovering at an “inpatient physical therapy facility” at the time of his death, according to a statement from his family.

Details are still sketchy, but it sounds to me like he died from complications from back surgery, not complications from a mixed martial arts injury. Yes, without the MMA accident he wouldn’t have needed the surgery, but this isn’t like complications from a car accident where he came in half dead and died on the table. This was three weeks after the injury and two surgeries later.

Anyways, I’m not writing this to try and downplay MMA’s role in his death but just to clear up the circumstances. Life threatening injuries and even death are very possible when training mixed martial arts, so be careful everyone.