Raysean Autry, the co-founder of the popular Hip Hop blog Kollege Kidd, has reportedly passed away from COVID-19. His twin brother, Rich Autry, also a Kollege Kidd co-founder, is currently fighting off the coronavirus in the hospital.
In an interview with The Sun, Raysean’s brother PJ Taylor revealed Ray Autry passed away on December 29 from pneumonia induced by COVID-19.
“He had been hospitalized for at least a couple of weeks in Toledo, Ohio,” Taylor stated. “He was 34 years old. We were blindsided by his death. We couldn’t even celebrate the holidays. His brother Rich is still in the hospital. They were on the same floor.”
The self-proclaimed “Leader of the New Skool,” Raysean focused on covering contemporary rap music and cultural commentary similar to DJ Akademiks. Over the course of his career, he garnered over 1.2 million followers on Instagram and over 371,000 YouTube subscribers.
Kollege Kidd’s most recent post was promotional for Jay Loud’s new project “Soul Talk,” which is now mostly just filled with R.I.P. comments expressing their condolences to the media head.
Once the news began to spread, several of Kollege Kidd’s blogging peers such as DJ Vlad, SayCheese TV and No Jumper commented on Autry’s passing.
“Man, this news about the co-owner of Kollege Kidd dying from COVID really hit close to him as a fellow media outlet,” Vlad wrote. “He looks like he’s maybe 30 years old. I’ve never met either of those guys, but they have a page that I’ve been checking daily for years.”
Man, this news about the co-owner of Kollege Kidd dying from COVID really hit close to him as a fellow media outlet. He looks like he's maybe 30 years old. I've never met either of those guys, but they have a page that I've been checking daily for years.
— DJ Vlad – VladTV.com (@djvlad) December 30, 2021
HipHopDX sends our condolences to the friends and family of Ray Autry.