August 7, 2004
Updates on Memorial Service and Public Viewing
Public Memorial Service: A public memorial service and viewing will be held from 5-8 PM on Wednesday, August 11, 2004, at Forest Lawn Mortuary, 6300 Forest Lawn Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90068. Fans and friends are invited to pay their final respects to Rick James. Please note that no cameras/cell phone cameras/video cameras/or any type of recording device will be allowed at this ceremony. Out of respect to the family, please leave these items at home.
Funeral Service: The funeral for Rick James will be private and is not open to the public.
Photos Needed: The family of Rick James has asked that fans send in any Rick James photos they have to a special email account that has been set up. These photos will be used in a video montage at the memorial service. If you have any photos please scan them in at high resolution and send them to: email@example.com (Please note this is not a monitored email address and is only being used for the submission of photos - emails sent to this address will not be seen - please only send photos as requested.)
Flowers/Cards: In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Rick James to the American Cancer Society.
Cards can be mailed to:
Rick James Sympathy Cards
c/o Kramer Accountancy Corporation
12300 Wilshire Blvd., Ste 310
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Cards sent to this address and addressed in the above manner will be delivered to the family.
Other Updates: As many of you know, Rick had been touring and performing various concert dates and public appearances up until the time of his death. He appeared to be in great health and his untimely passing has been a great shock to his family, friends and fans.
Rick James died in his sleep sometime during the morning of Friday, August 6, 2004. He was found in bed at roughly at 9 AM by his personal assistant and was pronounced dead at 9:20 when paramedics arrived. His cause of death has been determined to be pulmonary/cardiac failure with his various health conditions of diabetes, stroke, and pacemaker being listed as attributing factors.
Rick recently completed his memoir "Confessions of a Super Freak," and the book and television movie will still continue as planned. No firm release dates have been set for the book or the movie.
Rick had also recently completed a new album. Efforts are underway to have this CD released by the end of the year.
August 6, 2004
LEGENDARY MOTOWN ARTIST RICK JAMES PASSES AWAY
Rick James passed away this morning at 9:20 AM in his sleep of natural causes at his Los Angeles home, per his spokesperson. He was 56 years old. He is survived by his 3 children (Ty, Rick Jr., Tazman) and 2 grandchildren (Jasmine and Charisma).
Last month, he performed his hit "Fire & Desire" with Teena Marie at the BET Awards. He had finished an album and was preparing for its release next year. He was also in discussion with various studios for a movie based on his life.
Born in Buffalo, NY, known as the King of Punk Funk, and the bad boy of Motown, Rick James blended the hard core funk of his predecessors James Brown, Sly Stone and George Clinton with the Rock and Roll theatrics of the Rolling Stones and Kiss. Rick James was the quintessential "Super Freak," a term he coined in the 1980's with the multi-platinum song he wrote, arranged, produced and performed sharing that same title. The single catapulted the album Street Songs to #1 on the R&B charts and #3 on the pop charts. This mega-talented, multi-Grammy and American Music Award winner played at least five different instruments and had not only sold millions himself, he wrote and produced songs for Eddie Murphy, Mary Jane Girls, The Temptations, Teena Marie and Smokey Robinson, all selling millions as well. He licensed his work for sampling by artists such as Mary J. Blige, Erykah Badu and MC Hammer, whose sample of "Super Freak" for the hit single "U Can't Touch This" made Please Hammer, Don't Hurt 'Em the biggest selling rap album in history.
Details on the funeral will be announced shortly.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society.