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Common’s Cousin Ajile Turner Dies in Motorcycle Crash

According to the NY Daily News, Ajile Turner, former manager of beatboxer Rahzel and DJ JS-1, died in a motorcycle accident in Brooklyn this past Friday night. Turner, who was also Chicago rapper Common‘s cousin and close friend, accidentally collided with a bicycle rider several blocks from his home in Fort Greene, Brooklyn at 10:45 PM. Turner and and the cyclist, Julian Miller were rushed immediately to Brooklyn Hospital, where they both died.

“Ajile was always so much fun to be around,” Marcelina Canchola, a good friend of Turner’s, said. “He always made sure everyone had a good time.”

Turner got his start in the music business producing and promoting events while still in college. He then graduated to road managing for his cousin Common, eventually taking on management duties for several other artists, including former Roots MC Rahzel and Rocksteady DJ JS-1. “He was one of the greatest friends anyone could have,” said DJ JS-1. “He was a pure, honest, good person, hard worker who traveled the world and lived a great life. We all love him and are going to miss him very much.”

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