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DJ Hideo Dies of Cancer

Yet another member of the global hip-hop community died this week. Respected Los Angeles tastemaker DJ Hideo passed away on Saturday, April 24 after a long bout with colon and liver cancer at the age of 42.

In February of 2009, after being diagnosed with the disease, Hideo underwent operations and chemotheraphy at Mission Hospital in Orange County. Then, less than two weeks ago, Hideo had checked back into Mission, suffering from weakness and pain. In a blog post dated April 24, the same day as his death, the DJ revealed the serious nature of his illness. “Because of the weakness that I’ve been feeling for the past week,” Hideo wrote. “My vitals are stable and now need the assistance of a ventilator to breathe. I’m very aware of my condition and communicate in writing. Right now, the one thing I really do miss is drinking a nice ice cold soda.”

Hideo worked for L.A. radio station KKBT 100.3 as Mixshow Director and assisted with Steve Harvey’s Morning Show and DJ Muggs’ Soul Assassins Radio with Cypress Hill.

Hideo’s good friend DJ K-Sly explained that the DJ was in extreme pain, and advised the doctors on hand not to resuscitate. He died in Mission Hospital at 3:30PM on Saturday, surrounded by his friends and family.

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