[Pop] Rick James Found Dead

Funk singer Rick James was found dead at the age of 56 in his Los Angeles, CA, home on Friday.

The performer best known for 1981 hit “Super Freak” – sampled in MC Hammer’s “U Can’t Touch This” – fell into legal and drug-related troubles that peaked with his arrest for beating two women in the 1990s.

His most famous album was the triple-platinum Street Songs, and he was recently working on his biography, Memoirs of a Super Freak. He’s also recently been brought back into the mainstream due to his portrayal in skits on “Chappelle’s Show.”

His death was reportedly due to natural causes.

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