August 13th, 2012 by faye
Former Kottonmouth Kings member Pakelika — who is famously known as the “Visual Assassin” — passed away on Saturday night in California after suffering from an asthma attack, which eventually led to cardiac arrest.
According to reports, the hip-hop punk rock band posted on Facebook early Saturday evening that their former bandmate and hype man, Pakelika, had been admitted to the hospital due to “serious health issues.”
Then just an hour later, Kottonmouth Kings updated their post, confirming the passing of Pakelika, writing: “It is with saddened hearts we have heard that Pakelika has passed away. May his soul rest in peace. Thanks for all the years & all the memories, respect Kmk.”
Doug Cosgro, the manager of Pakelika said, “Patrick fought asthma for many years successfully. There’s no way he could have foreseen the severity of his last seizure. On the way to the hospital, EMTs and hospital staff tried to revive him the five times he flatlined. He was on life support until Saturday afternoon at Providence St. Joseph Hospital in Burbank. He passed surrounded by friends and family.”
Pakelika left the band back in 2010. His departure was not supported by the band’s huge legion of fans. “I enjoyed the 13 years I helped build and establish Kottonmouth Kings and am disappointed the fans aren’t getting the real KMK shows,” Pakelika wrote in his blog at CelebStoner. He added, “But it wasn’t by my choice. I love the fans and the support they have been showing me. I will be performing again live.”
Members of the Kottonmouth Kings family have issued several statements of condolences via Twitter and Facebook.
Band manager Kevin Zinger wrote, “Our brother Pakelika is gone. He was a person that touched us all deeply and we must keep his spirit alive forever. I have been in constant communication with his family and friends and they want everyone to celebrate Pak’s life and memory. They greatly appreciate the outpouring of messages of support and love. This is a very sad day for all of us, but let’s take time to remember Pak for the loving and caring person he was.”
Band leader Brad Daddy X wrote, “Rest in peace Pakelika, we traveled many miles & rocked many stages together… Life is such a Gift… One love Brad X.”
Rapper Johnny Richter also wrote his condolences: “There will never be another Big Pak…. I will miss you!! RIP…………”
Pakelika was born in Portsmouth, Virginia and grew up in Oxnard, California. A looming presence at Kottonmouth Kings shows, Pakelika performer was best known for wearing a white face mask and popping robotic dance style he dubbed “hydro mechanix.” During shows, he would smoke weed, blunts and a vaporizer, and pound beers. Since he didn’t speak during shows, Pak carried signs that offered opinions, such as LEGALIZE, NOT LEGAL LIES.
Pakelika’s last band was called M.C.C., which is short for Middle Class Casualties.
He was featured in Pot Culture with an essay titled, “Why I Love to Vape.”