Sunday, April 5, 2009
By Mike Winslow
Veteran producer Tony D. was killed in a tragic car accident last night (April 4) in his hometown of Hamilton, New Jersey.
Police said Tony D., born Anthony Depula, lost control over his 2002 Jeep when it struck the fence of a local cemetery, causing the vehicle to flip onto its passenger side.
A number of neighbors attempted to remove the producer from the Jeep as they waited for emergency personnel to respond. Tony D., who was not wearing a seat belt, was taken to Capital Health Systems for treatment, where he was pronounced dead for a severe injury to his neck.
Tony D. started his career as a DJ and he managed MC Serch of 3rd Bass fame.
Tony D with Q-tip and DJ Red Alert Circa 1989-1990...
He went out to produce for a number of acts, including Poor Righteous Teachers, The Outsidaz, Young Zee, King Sun, Pace Won, DJ Muggs and others.
Tony D with The RZA...
Tony D.'s best known production was Poor Righteous Teachers' Hip-Hop classic single "Rock Dis Funky Joint," which was released in 1990.
R.I.P. Tony D!!! Your beats live on...