CHICAGO, ILLINOIS: In the early hours of Sunday, June 6, it was reported that rapper Lil Durk's brother DThang had been shot dead near a Chicago nightclub. This is not the first such tragedy to have hit the rapper's mourning family, who suffered the loss of his cousin, rapper OTF Nunu, who died in a similar manner when he was shot dead in Chicago's 700 block of East 87th Street.
Lil Durk suffered another personal loss a week ago, with the death of his close friend and Grammy winning producer Turn Me Up Josh, born Joshua Samuel. The murder of DThang is yet another devastating loss for the family grieving since 2014 after OTF Nunu's death.
Real name Dontay Banks Jr, DThang was last seen publicly with his brother Lil Durk at music mogul Pierre Thomas's birthday party in Atlanta, Georgia. Reports of his death arrived by 4 am on June 6, when Chicago Media Takeout on Instagram posted a photo of the two brothers and wrote, “Chicago. @money_making_dthang . When is it going to stop? Durk, you’re in our prayers. @lildurk . Most importantly praying for his kids.”
Also a musician like his brother, DThang was reportedly shot and killed outside Club O in Harvey. In the wake of his death, Twitter and other social media platforms came out in support of Lil Durk, keeping him in their thoughts and prayers amid the tragedy befallen his family. But just a little over six years ago, in 2014, the family went through another similar loss when they lost McArthur Swindle, 21 at the time, and rapping under the stage name OTF Nunu, to another shooting in Chicago.
The name OTF was an acronym meaning "only the family," which is commonly used by Lil Durk and other Chicago rappers, reported local outlet DNA Info at the time. The initial report of the incident details the shooting happened around 3:20 pm on May 31, 2014. Swindle was seated in an SUV in a parking lot in Chicago when someone allegedly approached on foot and fired shots before Swindle crashed the car into a nearby store's front. Swindle was pronounced dead at the scene at 3:25 pm, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office. He was shot in what was believed to be gang related activity, less than 20 miles away from where DThang was killed.
That was seven years ago; just a week ago Lil Durk suffered the loss of his friend Turn Me Up Josh, who was best known for his many collaborations with the rapper. Lil Durk tweeted the news of Josh's death, writing about his longtime collaborator alongside a few photos of him: "Rip turn me up josh smh."
While no other details of Josh's death were reported, he was known for creating Migos’ breakout hit 'Versace', Megan Thee Stallion’s 'Movie', and Nas song 'Til The War Is Won'. Josh had also worked with the likes of DaBaby, Tinashe and Def Loaf. In the wake of these personal losses, social media is rooting for the rapper while sending in words of condelences.