Death of Rick James

February 1948 - August 6, 2004
Burbank, California | Age 56

Funk legend best known for 'Super Freak'
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Funk legend Rick James peaked in 1981 with "Super Freak,'' a song so enduring that a strain of its infectious bass line powered the MC Hammer hit "U Can't Touch This'' nearly a decade later.

But James' career never had the staying power of his signature hit, and the singer's life and music languished through cocaine addiction and a prison term. In his final days, James made a comeback bid that included playing along with routines by comedian Dave Chappelle that parodied his history...

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