Update: Community outpouring “overwhelming” for DJ Law
NEWPORT NEWS – WOWI-FM 102.9 also known as 103 Jamz has announced that longtime popular radio host Lawrence “Cool DJ Law” Brown died Sunday. He was 40.
Brown was a popular staple of the Boodah Brothers Morning Radio Show.
Brown is the second disc jockey to pass away from the morning radio show in recent years. In 2007, Shawn “Mic Lord” Austin died unexpectedly.
The outpouring of affection from the community for the late DJ Lawrence “Cool DJ Law” Brown has been “overwhelming,” said Travis Dylan, operations manager for Clear Channel’s 103 Jamz radio station. “There are a lot of folks reaching out and sharing memories on our Web site,” said Dylan. “It’s been really emotional and really powerful.”
Brown’s death on Sunday of a heart attack was “completely unexpected,” said Dylan. “I got an e-mail from him on Saturday.” Law had worked at the station since 1992 and was loved by everyone, he said.
During his time away from the station, Brown worked on a video for an upcoming family reunion. He also appeared at a lot of charity events that were close to his heart, said Dylan. These included feeding the homeless at a downtown Norfolk church every Thanksgiving.
A 2004 Daily Press report says that Brown had worked as a dee-jay in the Hampton Roads area before coming to the airwaves. In 2004 Brown along with co-host Horace ” Big B ” Belcher moved to the morning slot on the station. Brown was a graduate of Denbigh High School and lived in Newport News.
The radio station’s Facebook page had received several hundred posts from listeners extending condolences to Brown’s family. A link was posted to the Boyz II Men song “It’s so Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday.”
A family spokeswoman said Brown’s family was still stunned.
“The Brown family is devastated at this loss and appreciate all the prayers of the Hampton Roads,” Pavar Snipe, who is a former personality on the radio station, said.
Snipe said that Brown loved the region and despite many opportunities to move on remained loyal to Hampton Roads.
“That guy had the biggest heart of anyone I’ve ever experienced,” said Dylan. “No matter what level of success he achieved at the station, I never saw it go to his head. He went out of his way to make sure everyone felt like a rock star.” Brown is survived by his wife, mother, father and sister. Details on a memorial service will be forthcoming.