Just call me Eazy-E! One of the most influential rappers during the surge of gangster rap in the early 1990s, Eric Lynn Wright is better known as Eazy-E.
First launching his career as the owner of Ruthless Records, the known “Godfather of Gangsta Rap” joined the group N.W.A. in 1987 with the release of the group’s most controversial album, Straight Outa Compton, just a year later.
Not everything was easy for E, however. On February 24, 1995, he was admitted to a Los Angeles hospital for what he believed was an asthma attack.
Unfortunately, doctors discovered that Eazy-E not only had the HIV virus, he suffered from AIDS as well. Just a few weeks later, Eazy-E made his diagnosis public and detailed his sexual history, which resulted in several children coming forward from numerous women. Knowing that his time was nearing its end, Eazy-E said his goodbyes and resolved matters with N.W.A., Snoop Dogg and sent a message to his fans. At the age of 30 years old and only a month after his diagnosis, Eazy-E passed away on March 26, 1995.