DJ Kay Slay has died at the age of 55.
DJ Kay Slay Dies Following COVID-19 Hospitalization
In the months before his death, Kay Slay had a serious bout of COVID-19,
DJ Kay Slay aka Keith Grayson, died on Sunday (April 17) at the reported age of 55. The news of DJ Kay Slay's death was confirmed by New York City radio station Hot 97, where Slay worked for over two decades, and the DJ's family.
On Monday, HOT 97 shared an official statement from DJ Kay Slay’s family.
Hot 97 is shocked and saddened by the loss of our beloved DJ Kay Slay," a statement released from Hot 97 reads. "We cherish the many memories created through the twenty-plus years he dedicated to the 'Drama Hour.' A cultural icon, Kay Slay was more than just a DJ, to us he was family and a vital part of what made Hot 97 the successful station it is today. Our hearts go out to his family, friends, and fans worldwide and we will always and forever celebrate The Drama King's legacy."
The Grayson family also put out a statement acknowledging DJ Kay Slay's passing.
"Our hearts are broken by the passing of Keith Grayson, professionally known as DJ Kay Slay," the message starts. "A dominant figure in Hip Hop culture with millions of fans worldwide, DJ Kay Slay will be remembered for his passion and excellence with a legacy that will transcend generations. In memory of DJ Kay Slay, our family wishes to thank all of his friends, fans, and supporters for their prayers and well wishes during this difficult time. We ask that you respect our privacy as we grieve this tragic loss."
In January, DJ Kay Slay was reported to have been hospitalized with COVID-19. Responding to inaccurate reports circulated at the time, Kwame Grayson—Kay Slay’s brother—informed HipHopDX the DJ and graffiti artist was “in a recovery state” but “getting stronger.”