Jonas Bevacqua, founder and creative director of Orange County-based clothing brand Lifted Research Group, was found dead yesterday in his Laguna Beach home. With his fashion shingle, the 33-year-old was a strong influence on the hip-hop community, supporting artists T.I., Kanye West, 9th Wonder and more with the release of compilation CDs.
According to the Orange County coroner’s office, the cause of death is currently under investigation. An autopsy was scheduled to take place today, and it is unclear if there was any foul play involved in his passing.
LRG co-founder Robert Wright and Chief Financial Officer Charlie Moothart released a statement on their site honoring Bevacqua. “Jonas was a mentor to an astonishing group of creative individuals at LRG who will carry his vision for many years to come,” they wrote.