DJ Megatron, the radio personality, hip-hop promoter and television host, was shot and killed early Sunday morning near his home in Staten Island, according to The New York Times. He was 32.
Born Corey McGriff, Megatron first made his name in Staten Island hip-hop circles as a promoter of local artists, something he continued during his stint as a DJ on famed New York radio station Hot 97, where he had risen from an intern to an on-air sidekick of popular personality Fatman Scoop. He had also worked at stations in Boston and Philadelphia. In recent months, Megatron had started to gain national exposure thanks to his appearances on BET’s “106 & Park,” where he’d hype up the in-studio audience during commercial breaks and conduct frank — and hilarious — man-on-the-street interviews.
“He will truly be missed,” BET said in a statement extending condolences to his family. In recent weeks, he had become engaged to Shyleen Robinson, with whom he had a 10-month-old son.
Megatron had also appeared in movies, including 2005’s “State Property 2,” starring Roc-A-Fella Records co-founder Damon Dash and rappers Beanie Sigel and N.O.R.E.
According to his manager, Megatron was shot and killed while heading to a store near his home in Staten Island at around 2 a.m. on Sunday. No arrests have been made in the shooting.
As news of his death began to spread, some of Megatron’s contemporaries took to Twitter to express their sadness. In one tweet, Nicki Minaj wrote “Rest In Peace DJ Megatron. My thoughts are with your family and friends at Hot 97.”