AllHipHop reports that Hip Hop pioneer DJ Kool Herc (real name Clive Campbell) is currently in the hospital suffering from an unknown health condition.
According to Gangstarr’s DJ Premier, Kool Herc’s health is deteriorating and he is in need of financial assistance, because he reportedly doesn’t have health insurance.
Premier revealed on his XM Satellite radio show,
Kool Herc is very sick. For those that know about Hip-Hop, who we call the father of Hip-Hop, Kool Herc, is not doing well. It’s funny how we have a father of a culture that still lives, where as in some cultures they are dead and gone even though they may still be worshipped or reflected on in some kind of way.
Being as though he is the man who set this whole culture off, y’all [the fans] should be willing any type of way you can.”
Premier claims to have spoken to Herc, who revealed that he was in need of financial assistance because he didn’t have medical coverage.
“He’s very sick and has no insurance, uses a metro card to get around, needs to pay his bills so he can get out of the hospital, it’s ill…
This is sad news and I hope DJ Kool Herc pulls through, but DJ Premier’s call to fans for donations irritates me to the core.
Some of the fans are probably in financial dire straits themselves, after all we are living in financially difficult times. So why not contact your famous rich peers Premier and while your at it dig in to your own deep pockets? That should sort out the problem within a matter of days.
For those who wish to donate send your donations to the address below.
I think it’s only fair that the fans receive some more information about this situation if they are going to send donations. Hopefully sometime this week Herc /a close family member will issue an official statement about his current condition.
So far all we know (via DJ Premier) is that the man is apparently gravely ill and needs financial assistance. No other information has been disclosed. No OFFICIAL statement has been released regarding the state of his health. One minute it sounds as if he’s at death’s door, the next people are claiming on online forum’s to have spoken to him and say “he sounds well but will be going in to hospital for an operation this week”. It’s all bordering on hearsay.
Before fans send donations to the PO Box address above they have a right to know all the facts first.
Get well soon Herc.