Oakland, CA – The Coup’s Boots Riley took to Facebook earlier this week to confirm Pam The Funkstress was at a Bay Area hospital ICU fighting for her life. Pam, who was Prince’s personal DJ and member of The Coup, is heralded as a Bay Area Hip Hop legend.
“Pam The Funkstress is in ICU, fighting for her life,” Riley wrote. “She’s stubborn, strong, and a fighter- but could use your thoughts, love, and well wishes in any way you see fit. Her family will show her this post. It will energize her.”
Pam, or Purple Pam — a nickname she earned because of her work with Prince — provided scratches on many of The Coup tracks, including 1993’s “Kill My Landlord” and 2006’s “Pick a Bigger Weapon.” During Prince’s final tour, the Piano and a Microphone Tour, Pam served as the DJ for many of the shows’ after parties.
On Sunday (November 12), Pam took to Instagram to announce she was experiencing some kind of health issue, but didn’t elaborate any further.
“Do to unforeseen health issues I am forced to cancel all gigs until further notice,” she wrote. “Thank you for understanding. Love you all.”
Many of her peers took to social media to show their support for Purple Pam, including Daveed Diggs and DJ Platurn.
HipHopDX reached out to Riley, but didn’t hear immediately back.
No further details on Pam’s condition are available at this time.
Please send all your love and good energy out to Pam The Funkstress who in the hospital in critical condition. She is a Bay Area legend who has always loved and supported young artists. We love you Pam. pic.twitter.com/YmjAJQwfFK
— Daveed Diggs (@DaveedDiggs) November 17, 2017
Prayers & Postiive Thoughts Urged for DJ Pam The Funkstress Who "Is in ICU, fighting for her life" According To Boots Riley of The Couphttps://t.co/aTLp4gCEkA
— DJ Platurn (@Platurn) November 17, 2017
🙏 for Pam the Funkstress!
— Thizzler On The Roof (@TheThizzler) November 18, 2017
— Stess The Emcee (@StessTheEmcee) November 18, 2017