Ludacris’ Father Passes Away

Wayne Bridges,

the father of Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, died from unknown causes early

this morning (Feb. 25) in Atlanta, GA. Bridges

died just two weeks after Ludacris won two Grammy Awards on Feb. 11, for Best

Rap Album (Release Therapy) and Best Rap Song (“Money Maker.”)


night, he dedicated both wins to his father, who watched the 49th Annual Grammy

Awards show from his hospital bed."He

introduced me to all of my major musical influences and he will live on through

me," Ludacris told "He bought me my first Hip-Hop record

when I was five years old and I fell in love with it from that day on."Ludacris

moved in with his dad at the age of 14 and has had his father by his side since.Bridges

made numerous appearances at numerous events for his son’s non-profit organization

The Ludacris Foundation and was also featured in the video for “Grew Up A

Screw Up."Bridges

condition was first brought to the attention of the public during Ludacris’ Grammy

acceptance speech, as an emotional Ludacris proclaimed his love for his ailing

father. "I’m

celebrating his life knowing that he has moved on to a better place and I will

continue to make him proud," Ludacris told

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