Cardi B Producer DJ Official Killed in LA Shooting Months after Welcoming Son
DJ Official, the Grammy award-winning producer who had worked with artists like Cardi B and Chris Brown, was killed in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles on Friday, June 14, multiple outlets confirm.
The DJ, whose real name is Leslie André Wakefield Jr., died of multiple gunshot wounds, according to the Los Angeles County coroner's office. He was 26.
KTLA reports that DJ Official was sitting inside a car with another man in the South LA neighborhood of Manchester Square when another vehicle pulled up to them and several shots were fired.
The bullets struck both men, killing DJ Official while the other man is in stable condition, according to what the Los Angeles Police department told the outlet.
NBC Los Angeles reported that DJ Official and his friend were in the car outside the producer’s house when the incident happened; the gunshots startled his grandfather who was mowing the lawn at the time. The yet-to-be-identified shooter also reportedly fled the scene in a black SUV.
WAS HE IN A GANG?
The police are yet to provide a description of the suspected killer or killers but said the shooting might be gang-related, according to KTLA
“All he did was go to work and come home,” the producer's grandfather told NBC Los Angeles. “He didn't belong to no gang or nothing like that.”
“He wasn’t in a gang. He wasn’t into any type of trouble,” DJ Official’s cousin echoed. “He didn’t fight. He wasn’t in the streets like that.”
The police are still investigating the tragedy.
DJ Official’s death comes four months after he won a Grammy for his work on Cardi B’s album “Invasion of Privacy.” The talented producer has also worked with artists like Tyga, Rich The Kid, and the late Nipsey Hussle, who coincidentally died three months ago in similar circumstances.
DJ Official leaves behind a son who appears to be four months old. In March, the producer shared a photo in celebration of the infant turning one month and wrote: “I put in overtime so you can over shine.”
Music industry colleagues of the late producer have been posting condolences on social media in the wake of his tragic death.
Singer Ty Dolla $ign shared a throwback picture with DJ Official along with the heartbreaking caption:
“How the [expletive] they gon take @prodbyofficial? Who the [expletive] was mad at my bro? A father, a successful producer, a solid homie who meant a lot to all of us. U [expletive] is some real life jealous [expletive] out here. We had so much fun on this tour and every time I ran into u it was love and good vibes. LONG LIVE OFFICIAL.”
DJ Mustard, the late producer’s constant collaborator, also penned an emotional note with a solemn promise to DJ Official.
“I’m beyond hurt I’m devastated I’m sick to my stomach I love you, lil bro, forever,” Mustard wrote. “I got your son 4 life. This ain’t how it was [supposed] to go.”
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of DJ Official as they go through this difficult time.
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