Rapper Roderick "Dolla" Burton, who was shot and killed in Los Angeles on Monday, will be laid to rest this weekend in his hometown of Atlanta. A viewing of his body will be held on Friday; on Saturday, the family will hold a memorial service. The services are open to the public and the family has encouraged fans to attend.
On Wednesday (May 20), [artist id="1673341"]Dolla's[/artist] family released a statement through their spokesperson:
"First and foremost we, the Burton family would like to thank everyone for all their kind thoughts and prayers during these trying times," the statement reads. "Most recently, the Burton family was made aware that there have been numerous false claims of information floating around the 'net and also reported in reputable media outlets. Part of this was due to someone who was not authorized to speak on the family's behalf and who claimed to be the publicist of record decided to disseminate false information on her own and without the consent of the family to several media outlets.
"Due to the circumstances of the situation no other information will be released at this time. We are grateful for your continued support in these trying times. We now ask everyone to allow us to mourn the loss of our beloved Roderick Anthony Burton."
The spokesperson declined to elaborate on the false information referenced in the statement, although he did provide some details on Dolla's activities at the time of his death. The day he died, the rapper traveled to Los Angeles to attend his girlfriend's birthday party and to work on a new mixtape.
At press time, it was unclear whether Dolla's debut LP, A Dolla & a Dream, had been completed before his death. According to Dolla's family's spokesperson, the rapper recently negotiated a release from Jive Records, who were originally slated to distribute his album in 2008. Dolla was still signed to a partnership deal with his own Gang Entertainment and [artist id="1240040"]Akon's[/artist] Konvict Muzic. The spokesperson said that on Monday, Akon will release a statement regarding plans for the album.
Dolla's viewing will be held on Friday at:
Murray Brothers Funeral Home
1199 Utoy Springs
Dolla's Memorial Service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at:
1680 Westview Drive SW