The Tragic Death Of DJ Kay Slay

DJ Kay Slay (born Keith Grayson) has died. He was 55 years old.

"Our hearts are broken by the passing of Keith Grayson, professionally known as DJ Kay Slay," the disc jockey's family began in a statement obtained by People. "A dominant figure in Hip Hop culture with millions of fans worldwide, DJ Kay Slay will be remembered for his passion and excellence with a legacy that will transcend generations," the statement continued. "In memory of DJ Kay Slay, our family wishes to thank all of his friends, fans, and supporters for their prayers and well wishes during this difficult time. We ask that you respect our privacy as we grieve this tragic loss."

It's reported that the record executive died of COVID-19, a diagnosis he received four months prior to his death. Before that, however, Kay Slay spent his time working in the music industry and as a valued employee of Hot 97, a New York hip hop radio station. "A cultural icon, Kay Slay was more than just a DJ, to us he was family and a vital part of what made Hot 97 the successful station it is today. Our hearts go out to his family, friends, and fans worldwide and we will always and forever celebrate The Drama King's legacy," the station released in a statement. 

Celebrities and fans alike are mourning the loss of DJ Kay Slay

Upon learning of DJ Kay Slay's tragic death, many took to social media to publicly pay their respects.

"Life is fragile, he had a great legacy he left behind RIP TO DJ KAY SLAY AND CONDOLENCES TO FRIENDS AND FAMILY," one fan penned in a somber tweet. Meanwhile, another wrote, "Just saw that DJ Kay Slay passed away...what a f****** legend man, had some of the hottest mixtapes growing up and introduced me to some of the illest tracks at the time before streaming music existed...RIP to the Drama King!!" another wrote

Heavy hitters in the music industry also paid tribute to the disc jockey. "Such a real one. So solid. Rest in power King. I'm gonna miss you B," rapper and actor LL Cool J posted to Instagram along with a photo of Kay Slay. Meanwhile, rapper Jadakiss also took to his Instagram to remember Kay Slay. "Sleep in Heavenly peace @djkayslay LEGEND," he penned.