“Teach me how to Dougie” Rapper dead at 258
Cali Swag District’s Cahron Childs, aka JayAre, died on Friday of sickle cell anemia, according to one of the group members. According to MTV News, he was admitted into a hospital on Thursday and went into cardiac arrest. JayAre was 25.
Cali Swag District released a mega-hit in 2010 with their upbeat hip hop song “Teach Me How to Dougie.” The song, which was accompanied by a dance, swept the nation and even had Michelle Obama hitting the ‘dougie.’ The group had recently released a mix-tape, The District, which featured Nipsey Hussle, Waka Flaka Flame, Problem, and Ty Dolla $ign.
Tragically, JayAre is the second member of Cali Swag District to pass away. In 2011, M-Bone was shot and killed in a drive-by in Los Angelas.
Smoove Da General, one of the remaining members, expressed his grief on Twitter Friday night. “Sickle cell took my brother away from me today,” he wrote. “With that being said I’m proud to know that with that disease he made the best of his life. I jus saw my bro literally fight for his life I told him ‘I love you bro’ hope’n he heard me.”
According to the CDC, African Americans are heavily impacted by Sickle Cell:
It is estimated that:
- SCD affects 90,000 to 100,000 Americans.
- SCD occurs among about 1 out of every 500 Black or African-American births.
- SCD occurs among about 1 out of every 36,000 Hispanic-American births.
- SCT occurs among about 1 in 12 Blacks or African Americans.
Here is a definition of Sickle Cell, according to Minority Women’s Health:
Sickle cell anemia (uh-NEE-mee-uh) is a disease affecting many African-Americans. It causes problems with the red blood cells. Normal red blood cells are round and smooth and move through blood vessels easily. Sickle cells are C-shaped and become hard and sticky. They can get stuck in small blood vessels, blocking blood flow. This can cause pain and organ damage. Sickle cells die quickly, but your body cannot make new red blood cells to replace them fast enough. This leads to anemia. People who have sickle cell anemia need constant treatment to prevent severe pain and serious health problems.
Each year, about 1 in 500 African-Americans is born with sickle cell disease, which runs in families. This means that the gene that causes sickle cell anemia is passed down from parents to children. People who have sickle cell disease got the sickle cell gene from both parents. People who have only one sickle cell gene are said to have the sickle cell “trait.” They do not have the disease, but they can pass the gene to their children. About 1 in 12 African-Americans has the sickle cell trait.