Keith Grayson, known professionally as his DJ Kay Slay, has died aged 55 after living with Covid for four months.
The death of the legendary New York presenter was announced by his family in an official statement on Twitter, which said Grayson died on Easter Sunday (April 17).
“Our hearts are broken by the passing of Keith Grayson, known professionally as DJ Kay Slay,” they wrote. “DJ Kay Slay is a dominant figure in hip-hop culture with millions of fans worldwide and will be remembered for his passion and excellence with a legacy that will last for generations.
“Our family would like to thank all his friends, fans and supporters for their prayers and well wishes at this difficult time,” they added.
When Grayson was hospitalized with Covid in January, his brother originally told Hip HopDX that he was “definitely not going to die”.
However, in the days leading up to his death, music executive Wack 100 had shared on Instagram that Grayson was “still struggling” and that “he hasn’t been working on the #ECMO machine for a few weeks. Let us continue our prayers as our brother fights on.”
The pioneering DJ was born in New York City and began his career as a graffiti artist. In his free time, he played hip-hop, during which he was featured in the 1983 hip-hop documentary style wars.
While Grayson told it forbes Not planning on becoming a DJ in 2019 all changed when he released his debut album The Street Sweeper Volume 1.
During his career he produced five more albums.
In January, Grayson released his final Instagram post promoting his single “In My Soul,” which was made in collaboration with artists AZ, Papoose and Tre Williams.
“In My Soul” was released in 2021 and is available to stream.
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/keith-grayson-dj-kay-slay-covid-death-55-b2060143.html Death of Keith Grayson: Legendary hip-hop DJ Kay Slay dies aged 55 from Covid