22 March 2020 05:33
Go DJ Black N Mild, a celebrated bounce DJ and New Orleans radio personality, has died due to the coronavirus. The 44-year-old, whose real name was Oliver Stokes Jr., was one of two people to die from the coronavirus in Louisiana, according to Nola.com. The DJ tested positive for the coronavirus on Thursday (March 19) and died on the same day. Not to be mistaken for Adam "BlaqNmilD" Pigott, a producer from New Orleans who has worked with Drake on the singles 'In My Feelings' and 'Nice For What', Stokes is known for bringing bounce music to New Orleans and to have one of the earliest radio shows dedicated to the genre, Bounce 104.5. After leaving New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina, he wound up in Houston where he hosted a mix show for KHOU.
In addition to his music career, Stokes had also worked as the "in school suspension coordinator" at Arthur Ashe Charter School in Gentilly since July 2019. "Our school community is devastated," said Sabrina Pence, the CEO of FirstLine Schools, the charter organisation that operates Arthur Ashe. Stokes left work on March 9 with a fever, Pence said, and did not return. Last week, Universal Music Chairman and CEO Lucian Grainge was reportedly hospitalised after testing positive for coronavirus. Grainge, who celebrated his 60th birthday celebration on February 29 in Palm Springs, California, is currently receiving treatment at Los Angeles' UCLA Medical Center, according to Variety.
New Orleans based DJ Black N Mild has passed away at age 44 after contracting coronavirus 'Our school community is devastated,' Pence, whose charter company operates Arthur Ashe, told NOLA.com. Stokes kept followers up-to-date on his ailment via Facebook. On March 9, the day he left school, he posted he was 'feeling sick at Ochsner Urgent Care - Lakeview (New Orleans).' Black N Mild, whose real name is Oliver Stokes Jr., passed away on Thursday In his final status update on March 11, he wrote, 'Pneumonia not the flu.' Stokes has been credited with bringing New Orleans bounce music, a genre of energetic hip-hop, onto the radio. The DJ declared on Facebook back in February: 'I was the first DJ in Nola history to have a radio mix show dedicated to Nola Bounce from 03-05 (up to Katrina).' Stokes has worked with the likes of Drake and Lil Wayne, hosted a mix show in Houston, and also DJed at various events for the last two decades. The next day he posted, 'I haven't had the flu in years...
The popular record spinner, whose real name is Oliver Stokes Jr., died on March 19, according to NOLA.com. The news outlet confirmed with the Orleans Parish Coroner's office that Stokes had tested positive for the deadly disease also known as COVID-19. He was one of two coronavirus-related deaths in the state. Stokes reportedly left work on March 9 complaining of a fever and never returned. He admitted himself to the University Medical Center on March 11 and made his social media followers aware of his health issues –believing he had pneumonia. Stokes is not to be confused with producer Adam "BlaqNmilD" Pigott, who has worked with Drake, Lil Wayne and Big Freedia. Pi gott reportedly posted a video on social media to dispel any confusion: "I'm the producer BlaqNmilD from New Orleans. I did a little bit of deejaying too, so I can see why some people get it confused." However, he was a staple in the Crescent City's music community and spent the last 25 years deejaying in throughout the Southeast. He started the Louisiana chapter of the GO DJ Global international federation in 2008. Most recently, Stokes worked at Arthur Ashe Charter School in Gentilly, La. when he wasn't rocking the wheels of steel. Advertisement "Our school community is devastated," FirstLine Schools CEO Sabrina Pence, who heads the charter organization that operates Arthur Ashe, told the outlet. "We strongly encouraged anyone that had any type of symptoms—fever, cough, not feeling well in any capacity—to stay home." New Orleans DJ and radio personality Black N Mild has died at age 44 after testing positive for coronavirus, according to Billboard. Black N Mild, born Oliver Stokes Jr, was known for being a prominent figure in New Orleans Bounce. "I was the first DJ in Nola history to have a radio mix show dedicated to Nola Bounce from 03-05 (up to Katrina)," he explained in a Facebook post on Feb. 3. "One of the biggest and best compliments I ever got from somebody in the industry," Stokes said in a 2012 interview with Tulane University, as pointed out by Billboard, "is when I was playing an industry event I was doing in '04. I was DJing the event and there were a lot of industry people there and Doug E. Fresh was hosting. Doug E. Fresh pulled me to the side and was like, 'Man, I've heard a lot of DJs in my time; you were one of the smoothest DJs I've ever heard.'" Stokes also worked at the Arthur Ashe Charter School in Gentilly. "Our school community is devastated," said Sabrina Pence, the CEO of FirstLine Schools, the charter organization that operates Arthur Ashe, according to NOLA.com. Stokes was a father of four. The video will start in 8 Cancel Click to play Tap to play DJ and radio star Black N Mild has died aged 44 of coronavirus. The musical personality - whose real name was Oliver Stokes Jr. - died on Thursday after he tested positive for the deadly bug. The Orleans Parish coroner's office confirmed his death the following day. He was known and loved by his fans as a New Orleans bounce DJ and radio personality. The radio star was admitted to University Medical Center on March 11 after he contracted the killer bug. Before he went into hospital, Black N Mild reached out to his Facebook friends when he fell sick. In a post, he wrote: "I haven't had the flu in years... this sucks monkey balls." The well-loved DJ suffered from a fever which gave him a 102.4-degree temperature. After suffering from the fever, he first took a trip to the doctors on March 9. (Image: Facebook) (Image: Facebook) Black N Mild updated his fans and friends alike about his condition on social media on March 11. He wrote: "Pneumonia not the flu." The DJ built up a loyal following after he spent years playing at clubs, bars and events. His job spurred him onto relocate to Houston where he hosted Rhythm and Bounce. His show played on Saturday nights on a New Orleans AM station from 2013 until 2017. Black N Mild had rubbed shoulders with the great and good of the music world including Drake, Lil Wayne and Big Freedia. Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson, both 63, were the first celebrities to go public with their positive COVID-19 diagnosis. Idris Elba has since revealed he tested positive for the bug.