Monday, October 18, 2010

Rapobit: Michael Larsen

Michael Larsen, who rapped under the name Eyedea, has died. His mother broke the news on his Facebook page:

"It is with great pain and sadness that I tell you my son Mikey (Eyedea) has passed away ... At this time we kindly request your respect and our privacy as we process this devastating loss. We do, however, welcome your kind words, memories, and positive thoughts."
The 28 year-old had been part of a duo, Eyedea and Abilities, who released a run of albums on Rhymesayers during the first part of the 2000s. During a period when the duo were on a break, Larsen recorded a collection with a jazz backing. This material was released on Face Candy, his own label; apparently he had a new collection ready for release when he died.

No cause of death has yet been given. His mother told the Star Tribune that he'd appeared well and happy on Friday. He'd spent the evening watching DJ Abilities doing a gig with Pigeon John. His mother found him on Saturday morning, apparently having died in his sleep.