Eric “Eazy-E” Wright
In 1988, the rap world was introduced to Eazy-E and his Eazy Duz It album and virtually overnight he became the “Godfather of Gangsta Rap.” With Ice Cube and Dr. Dre, the three formed N.W.A. The group would go on to sell more than ten million albums in the U.S. alone before money tore them apart. In February of 1995, Eazy-E checked into Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles with what he thought was a bout of asthma but instead he was diagnosed with AIDS. One month later, on March 26, he passed away from complications due to AIDS.