Def Jam singer and producer, August 08 dies at 31
American rapper and producer with Def Jam Recordings, August 08, has died at the age of 31. His death was announced by his former record label 88rising and in an Instagram post shared by his family. A cause of death is yet to be revealed.
August 08, real name Ray Davon Jacobs, was best-known for co-writing Justin Bieber’s hit song Sorry as well as DJ Khaled’s hit I’m the One.
Sharing a picture of August 08 on social media, 88rising wrote: “It is with great sadness that we mourn the loss of Ray Jacobs, also known as AUGUST 08. RIP August the kindest and most talented genius, you will be missed beyond words.
“Thank you for being an amazing mentor and a steadfast friend through all these years. We are forever grateful to you and the joy you brought in every room, through every song. Your energy, guidance and care gave so much inspiration and strength that will be carried on always.”
The statement ended: “Thank you for helping us be brave. We will miss you so much, love you, August.”
August 08’s sister LaSherry ‘Joy’ McKinney then shared a message from her mother. It read: “It’s with our deepest sorrow that we announce the death of our beloved son, brother, uncle, singer, songwriter and mentor… Ray Davon Jacobs… also known as August 08.” It continued: “He will continue to blossom and spread his love through music. With love, August’s mom Mena.” LaSherry added: “As we all try to press through, understand that we all come here to serve a sole purpose.
“I find comfort in knowing that my brother lived a full life of abundance. He was able to travel the world and touch millions of people while fulfilling his sole purpose as a musician. “I am proud to have a brother who lives on through music, and I encourage you all to keep streaming his records and telling everyone how great he is.” She also thanked those who have been reaching out with messages of support. August 08 released his first EP in July 2022, titled Towards the Moon. Before this, he also collaborated with the likes of Quavo, Lil Wayne, Justin Bieber, and Chance the Rapper.