Rapper Ludacris Loses His Father
"We are overwhelmed by the generous outpouring of love, condolences and support from family members, friends, fans and the many well wishers," the family said in a statement. "We thank you for your prayers and hope you will understand our need for privacy during this sorrowful time."
The Atlanta-based Ludacris, 29, won for best rap album at the Feb. 11 Grammy Awards. In his acceptance speech, he thanked his then-seriously ill father and dedicated the award to him.
"I just told millions of people that their prayers are appreciated," Ludacris later said backstage. "He is the reason I am in this music field today. When I was young, how many different genres of different music he used to play for me. So you know, my appreciation for music definitely goes to him and that's why I dedicated my award to him."