Brooklyn, NY – U.T.F.O legend Kangol Kid (real name Shaun Shiller Fequiere) lost his battle with Stage 4 colon cancer on December 18, just 10 months after receiving his diagnosis. While receiving treatment at North Shore University Hospital, the 54-year-old had a parade of visitors who were trying to keep his spirits lifted, including The Sugarhill Gang’s Wonder Mike and LL COOL J who paid a visit shortly before he died.
Now, it looks like Ladies Love Cool James will always play a role in saying goodbye to Kangol Kid. On Tuesday (December 28), veteran Hip Hop promoter Van Silk shared an Instagram post unveiling the details for Kangol’s forthcoming celebration of life. The event is expected to take place at on Sunday (January 2) at the Polygon Club in Brooklyn.
A roster of special guests are expected to attend, including LL COOL J, KRS-One, Slick Rick, Kool DJ Red Alert, U.T.F.O. member Mix Master Ice, Kurtis Blow, the Beastie Boys’ former DJ Hurricane, Sway Calloway, Roxanne Shanté, Melle Mel and Whodini’s Grandmaster Dee.
The two-day affair to honor Kangol Kid’s life will also include a viewing and prayer service at Caribe Funeral Home in Brooklyn on Sunday followed by a repast at the Caribe Banquet Hall later that afternoon. The interment will take place the following day at Clover Leaf Memorial Park in Woodbridge, New Jersey.
Kangol Kid received the grim diagnosis in February but put up a valiant fight. Speaking to Pix11 News in March, Kangol said he was feeling better after his 10 centimeters of his colon was removed and shared the graphic details of what led him to get checked.
“There was definitely discomfort in the belly,” he explained. “One of the signs you would see immediately is bleeding, and you’ll notice this as you wipe or you’ll see it in your stool, so I was definitely experiencing that. But what really set it off was I’m in the comfort of my own room and I had to pass gas, and it came out with a substance … it was a bloody mucus.”
Much like Van Silk, who’s currently battling Stage 2 colon cancer, Kangol Kid encouraged those around him to get checked. African-Americans are 20 percent more likely to be diagnosed with colon cancer than any other group of people and 40 percent more likely to die from the disease, according to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. Find more information here.