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No, DJ Kay Slay's wife is not Buffie Carruth: Legendary DJ passes from covid-19

Olivia Olphin April 18, 2022
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Legendary New York DJ Kay Slay has passed away following a tough battle with covid-19. The DJ and record-executive caught the virus four months ago, and passed away on Easter Sunday. Fans of the record-exec and DJ are wondering about his wife and family. Did DJ Kay Slay have a wife?

The hip-hop legend has influenced countless artists and fans with his albums, and with his desire for hip-hop to reach wider audiences.

DJ Kay Slay passes away from covid

Kay Slay, aka Keith Grayson, was a well-known DJ, record exec and music producer. He was born on 14 August 1966 in New York City, New York, and is 55 years old. He first started out as a graffiti artist in the 1970s and 80s, even featuring in the 1983 documentary Style Wars.

He then found that his true passion was making music, having been influenced by fellow legendary DJ’s Grandmaster Flash and Grand Wizzard. However, he only released his debut album in 2003, known as the Streetsweeper series.

His death was confirmed by hip-hop promoter Van Silk, who told DX: “My dear brother is gone. I’ve known him since he was 16 years old. He was my little brother. I introduced him to many and we did a lot of things together.”

He passed away on Easter Sunday at the age of 55 after being hospitalised with covid back in December.

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The DJ also previously started the Straight Stuntin magazine which shared the culture of hip hop with a wider audience.

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Did DJ Kay Slay have a wife?

At the time of his passing it appears that DJ Kay Slay was single. However, he was a notoriously private person about his relationship and love life.

There are rumours going around online that DJ Kay Slay’s wife is American model and former video vixen Buffie Carruth. She is also well-known in the industry under her stage name, Buffie the Body. She appeared in the video for 50 Cent’s So Seductive and Juelz Santana’s Yes.

However, Carruth is DJ Kay Slay’s ex-partner, and not his wife. The pair only dated for a short time from 2005-2006.

Carruth is 45 years old and was born on 7 Jan 1977 in Athens, Georgia. She founded the Brick Built clothing line which specialises in plus-size fashion. She has also been happily married to her husband John Lewis since 2015.

What was DJ Kay Slay net worth?

According to CelebrityNetWorth DJ Kay Slay was worth around $6 million dollars at the time of his passing.

This is due to many successful album sales, with the DJ realising multiple albums with remixes and songs featuring some of the biggest hip-hop and rap artists including Snoop Dogg and Kendrick Lamar.

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His song Too Much For Me from his album The Streetsweeper Vol 1 reached number 53 on the hip-hop charts and was a career high for Kay Slay.

We send our condolences to his family and friends during this difficult time.

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Olivia Olphin is an English Literature graduate and a film and literature fanatic. She has many years of reviewing experience, recently working as accredited press for the London Film Festival. She has also written widely about culture and sex education, as well as LGBTQ+ and women's issues.