From 2018 to last year, Alexander co-hosted a syndicated show with rap legend Chubb Rock on a dozen stations in markets like Columbus and Augusta.
“He was the most genuine soul I’ve ever had the honor to be around,” Chubb Rock said in a text Wednesday morning. “I loved him as if we came from the same womb.”
Derek Harper, who worked with SiMan as producer and later as boss, called him “the consummate professional.” He was a mentor to many and a friend to everyone he came in contact with. I will miss him very much.
In an interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution last September, the Douglasville resident said he was diagnosed in June but chose not to publicize his situation until this weekend.
During gallbladder surgery, Alexander said, doctors found cancerous growths in his liver that had come from his pancreas.
He said a regimen of chemotherapy and radiation forced him to quit broadcasting.
Treatment “has its challenges,” he said last fall. “But I’m working on it as best I can. I make it work… We prefer to fight as long as we can. Don’t give me an expiration date.
Alexander, whose father died of pancreatic cancer at 69, spent his final months with his family.
“We never know when we’re going to go,” Alexander said. “I hate that this is an indicator that mine might be sooner than originally expected. But it gives me time to put things in place when it comes to my family. It gives me perspective. Enjoy your time here and enjoy it with your loved ones family and friends. It is now in the hands of God. I’m glad to have a lot of prayer warriors there.
His death came just three months after his cousin, Classix 102.9 Gary “DJ Mix Master Mitch” Mitchell, also died of pancreatic cancer.
Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens released a statement Wednesday afternoon: “SiMan is on a mission to help spread awareness of this disease and help others as he and his cousin Gary “Mix Master Mitch” Mitchell were battling this disease together. He’s exactly the kind of man he was. As we mourn his loss, we can’t help but smile when we hear his trademark “Siiiiman Baaaabay” in our heads. We send our heartfelt condolences to his loved ones and pray for God’s grace, mercy and peace to all who loved him.
Funeral services will be announced soon and this story will be updated.