Rapper Snoop Dogg’s Younger Brother Dead at 44

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On February 16, Bing Worthington, Jr., the younger brother of the rapper Snoop Dogg, was announced to have passed away. The announcement was made by Snoop Dogg himself via an Instagram post.

Confirmation of Worthington, Jr.’s death, which occurred on Thursday, February 15, was provided by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department in California. Sergeant Frank Gonzalez stated that the autopsy and toxicology report results are pending to determine the cause of death. Worthington, Jr., was only 44 years old.

Snoop Dogg, whose birth name is Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr., paid tribute to his younger brother on social media. He posted a series of heartfelt images, one including Worthington, Jr. and their late mother, Beverly Tate. Tate passed away in October 2021.

Worthington, Jr. played a significant behind-the-scenes role in the music industry, particularly influencing Snoop Dogg’s career. He started as a tour manager and quickly advanced to the position of executive producer at Doggy Style Records, a label closely tied to Snoop Dogg’s legacy.

In a 2016 interview with Vice, Worthington, Jr. discussed his transformation from being “the road guy” to a top-level executive in the music industry. He was involved in various entrepreneurial ventures under his brother’s brand, demonstrating his inventive spirit and versatility. His ventures included the Snoop Dogg Board Company and the culinary project Snoop Doggs.

Worthington, Jr.’s collaboration with Quebec-based Urban Heat Legends, spearheaded by Miguel Lopez, exemplified his vision to combine musical talents across borders. This partnership aimed to bring together West Coast artists with their counterparts in the north, promoting unique cultural and musical exchanges.

Following a family trip to Jamaica, Worthington, Jr. appeared notably withdrawn, which friends attributed to the significant loss of his and Snoop Dogg’s mother.

Among Worthington, Jr.’s contributions to the music industry were his role as the executive producer of “Bigg Snoop Dogg: Raw ‘N Uncut Vol. 1” and his writing credit for “Tha Jump Off,” which was featured in the “Van Wilder: The Rise of Taj” soundtrack. These achievements highlighted his creative and executive talents.

Before his passing, Worthington, Jr. and Lopez were in the process of launching a Latino division of Doggy Style Records. This project was close to their hearts. Lopez expressed that future endeavors of the label would be dedicated to Worthington, Jr.’s memory.

This is a challenging period for the Broadus family as it follows closely on the heels of the recent severe stroke suffered by Snoop Dogg’s daughter, Cori Broadus. Cori, 24 years old, has been publicly sharing her health struggles with lupus since her diagnosis at six years old, advocating for awareness and offering support to others with similar struggles.

Bing Worthington, Jr. is survived by a partner and an adult son. His passing has been met with condolences from various celebrities.

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