(CNN) — Ricky Dunigan, better known as Lord Infamous, a founding member of the Oscar-winning rap group Three 6 Mafia, died of a heart attack last week, according to a release from Black Rain Entertainment.
Dunigan, 40, died Friday.
\”Dunigan\’s family is grateful for all the condolences and prayers, and would like to request privacy in their time of grief,\” the statement said.
Lord Infamous left the group in 2006, the year Three 6 Mafia surprisingly won an Academy Award for best original song with \”It\’s Hard Out Here For a Pimp,\” from the movie \”Hustle & Flow.\” Billboard reported he was forced to leave, having spent time locked up.
Ricky Dunigan, aka Lord Infamous, was a founding member of the Oscar-winning rap group Three 6 Mafia.
That year, Dunigan and Il Tone, a longtime friend, founded the music company Black Rain Entertainment, and Lord Infamous soon began a solo career.