R.A. The Rugged Man's Father Dies At 63, Leaves Rap Legacy
The song's subject died on January 7th, 2010, due to lung, hip and kidney cancer. The news was announced to DX this morning.
Just two years ago, Staff Sergeant Thorburn was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross by New York State Senator John J. Flanagan for his accomplishments in the Vietnam War. Those accomplishments include surving a 1970 attack on his chopper in Duc Lac, South Vietnam that resulted in one dead and three wounded. Complications from that attack resulted in Agent Orange exposure that would lead to three of R.A.'s siblings living with disabilities.
R.A.'s father also made a cameo in the film Bad Biology and reportedly is the subject of another documentary film in the works.
HipHopDX extends our condolences and honor to R.A.'s family at this time.