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Cousin of Rapper Common

Killed in Accident

9/19/2009 2:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

CommonAjile Turner, the cousin of rapper Common, was killed in a motorcycle accident in Brooklyn last night.

Sources tell us it happened on the corner of Greene Ave. and Washington Ave. We're told cops responded to a call involving a motorcyclist colliding with a guy on a bicycle -- Turner was on the motorcycle. Both men were taken to Brooklyn Hospital and both were pronounced dead on arrival.

We're told there is no criminality suspected in the incident.

DJ JS-1, a long-time friend of Turner, confirmed his passing and told us, "He was one of the greatest friends anyone could have, he was a pure, honest, good person, hard worker who traveled the world and lived a great life. We all love him and are going to miss him very much."

Turner was founder and CEO of the Echelon Group, an independent concert production company in NYC.


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Granted, it's a sad story, but why is Common's cousin's death newsworthy? I barely know who Common is, let alone his cousin. Seriously, who the f@ck cares?! Must be a really slow news day.

1858 days ago


did everyone go home cuase there havent been a new post since 1 today must be slow day boring!

1858 days ago


I live in CA. and never heard of Commom, I'm sorry to here about his cousin!! But jenny, (who ever that is) is right their is no news today on TMZ!!

1858 days ago


This happens in Chicago all the time. Way cool, "green" rad bicyclists swerving in and out of traffic, coming to abrupt stops in front of cars and motorcyclists acting a fool without helmets (they don't have to have them here because it's not cool and stuff). These people are sooooooo cool (and usually wind up dead).

Sorry for the loss. And yes, it must be a really slow news day in America.

1858 days ago


RIP. Best wishes to Common's family.

1858 days ago


This is why everyone needs to wear their seatbelts!

1858 days ago

grape soda    

Congratulations Ajile on your 15 minutes of fame.

1857 days ago


OK people no big deal!!! so what.

Jenny from the rock...shut up..I betcha say nothing when Paris is reported...

It is racist..especially since your ignorant behinds could not wait to include Obama...WTH does he have to do with this topic?

1857 days ago


JENNY.....Before you let the entire world know just how stupid and uninformed you truly are.....READ the newspapers, or better yet, watch the NEWS!!! You are truly embaraasing!

1857 days ago


@ moveover, meat,mouse, leave Jenny alone,and Jenny..I offer simply this: Common is a notable, highly recognizable figure in the music industry. His accomplishments in rap/hip-hop and spoken word has been lauded by his peers in the industry, from hip-hop artists to rock and country musicians. His music has reached gold and platinum status, and has also earned him a Grammy nomination. So, I suppose your idea of "good taste" precludes socially-conscious music, devoid of misogyny if what you say of your "taste" is factual, dear Jenny. His cousin, God rest his soul, is an accomplished music producer/promoter, known very well in many of the "right" circles...As for the rest of the motley crew, my advice would be to crawl from under the rock you have the majority of your life dwelling under, and quit dragging your knuckles. It isn't a good look. The only way one could live in this world and not know of ths artist and/or at least have heard of his cousin is by being narrow in thought, scope and intellect...One final thought; close your mouth; your ignorance is showing...SMH...

1857 days ago

La Tonia Blankenship    

Some of these comments are very disrepectful. If you don't have anything constructive to say, please don't comment.

1857 days ago

Ajile's Brother man    

RIP Ajile ... You were a beautiful light ... and the world was blessed by your appearance ...

1857 days ago

wally k    

i live in the area its a sad day my love and respect goes out to common and family may god bless you all

1856 days ago


This guy was drunk and he wasn't wearing his helmet correctly and was going way way way fast. Its his fault that they both died and he took an innocent man just riding on a bicycle with him.

1856 days ago

its irrelevant    

wow..some of u really show your what if u dont know who it this site just for people u know. Who cares if u dont know..u say it like u r someone important.There seems to be a stupid ass trend to comment thats its a 'slow news day'..that just as stupid as saying '1st' when u are really 10th. If your young..please get it out of your system..if your older...we all know what your problem is.

1856 days ago
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