Geto Boys’ founding member DJ Ready Red passed away on Friday (August 24) at his home in New Jersey.
As the news started to spread, a few news outlets mistakingly used a photo of Hip Hop pioneer Kool DJ Red Alert, thinking it was the late Ready Red.
On Sunday (August 26), Red Alert addressed the mix-up on Instagram while paying tribute to his late friend.
“GLAD I FINALLY FOUND A PHOTO OF US, MAY I FIRST SAY REST IN PEACE @djreadyred A VERY GOOD PERSON WE LOST,” he wrote in all caps. “MY CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY, FRIENDS & MEMBERS OF THE GROUP @thegetoboys. A LOT OF CONFUSION ON BEHALF OF THE MEDIA PLACING THE WRONG PICTURE, JUST RECENTLY THEY POST A PICTURE OF PATTI LABELLE SAYING IT WAS ARETHA FRANKLIN.
“IT’S A SHAME WITH EVERYTHING THAT’S ON THE INTERNET THEY STILL DON’T HANDLE IT CORRECTLY, MAKES MANY FEEL THAT THE HERITAGE OF BLACK MUSIC IS NOT PRESENTED PROPERLY. MAJOR RESPECT TO ALL SHOWING LOVE & SUPPORT ON SOCIAL MEDIA ABOUT THIS, I FULLY APPRECIATE EVERYONE.”