Randy Hubbard Parker, the son of Simone G. Parker and stepson of rapper KRS-One committed suicide after a long battle with "severe depression."
Parker was found dead in his Atlanta apartment last. The Fulton County Medical Examiner's office said Parker died on Friday from a gunshot wound to the head, and listed the cause of death as suicide. He was 23 years old.
Parker, born in Queens, New York, was a fashion graphic designer. KRS-One acted much like a biological father to Randy, according to friends close to the family. KRS-One and Simone G. Parker have worked together as a married couple for several years. Parker has even produced songs for the Hip-Hop icon's albums and manages the rapper.
A private memorial will be held on July 18th, which would have been Randy's 24th birthday. "Kris and Simone Parker send their sincere appreciation to everyone who has already responded to the tragic news," the couple said in a statement.
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