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Three 6 Mafia's Lord Infamous Dead at 40: Fellow Rappers React to His Passing

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Sad news for Three 6 Mafia fans.

Ricky Dunigan, better known as Lord Infamous, died during a visit at his mother's home in Memphis on Friday, Dec. 20. He was 40 years old.

His half-brother, Three 6 Mafia's DJ Paul, told The Hollywood Reporter that Dunigan "passed away in his sleep from a heart attack. He said he was tired, he wanted to sleep. He sat down at the kitchen table, put his head in his arms to lay down...to get some sleep."

Dunigan's mother returned home, only to find her son dead at the table.

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Fellow artists immediately took to Twitter to react to Dunigan's death, including both current and former Three 6 Mafia members.

"R.I.P. lord infamous," fellow founding member Juicy J wrote."Thx you for your prayers, I'm very hurt, can't believe it's true."

"He gave us the name #Triple6Mafia," Lil Wyte tweeted. "He was a pioneer, he was a god, he was my friend. RIP Ricky 'Lord Infamous' Dunigan."

"Rest in Peace Lord Infamous please respect the family and dear friends during this tragedy," said Gangsta Boo. "I will never forget the shows we rocked together. My heart is in pieces."

In addition to recording such albums as Mystic Stylez and When the Smoke Clears: Sixty 6, Sixty 1, Three 6 Mafia won the Oscar for Best Original Song for "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp" from the 2005 movie Hustle & Flow.

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