Gangsta Boo found dead at 43
Memphis rap pioneer and Three 6 Mafia member Gangsta Boo has been found dead at age 43, according to a report from Fox13 Memphis and also confirmed by Three 6 Mafia's DJ Paul. Tributes have also been pouring in from throughout the hip hop world and beyond, including from Three 6 Mafia's Juicy J, Missy Elliott, El-P, and many others (see below).
Update: Gangsta Boo's mother Veronica Mitchell and family issued the following statement: "The Mitchell family would like to thank everyone for their condolences regarding the untimely death of Lola ‘Gangsta Boo’ Mitchell. The family is asking for your continued prayers and privacy as we process the loss of our loved one."
Cause of death has not been officially released, but sources tell TMZ that it was a possible overdose.
Gangsta Boo, born Lola Chantrelle Mitchell, joined Three 6 Mafia in 1995 and appeared on such classic albums as Mystic Stylez, Chapter. 1 The End, Chapter 2: World Domination, and more before departing the group in 2001. She also released three solo albums between 1998 and 2003, followed by a string of mixtapes, and more recently appeared on albums by Run the Jewels, clipping., Junglepussy, Blood Orange, and more.
Rest in peace, Gangsta Boo.