Veteran MC Kurtis Blow Suffers Heart Attack, Thanks Police Officers Who Saved His Life
Hip-Hop pioneer and legend Kurtis Blow suffered a heart attack this weekend but is on the mend. The incident happened on Friday at a bus stop in Canoga Park in the San Fernando Valley section of Los Angeles.
Kurtis Blow thanked the police who saved his life in a press release posted by the LAPD. The 57-year-old rap veteran stated,
“I died and those officers saved my life. The police saved my life, a black man. In this day and age, people need to hear that.”
Officers Peter Parra and Felix Rodriguez responded to a call of an altercation between Blow and his son at a bus stop in what was first thought to be a robbery of an old man by a young man. When more officers arrived on the scene, Kurtis collapsed and grabbed his chest.
“We didn’t think about it; we just acted. I swept his airway for obstructions, and Officer Hill started chest compressions,” fellow officer Chris Vege said in a statement.
“They got there so fast. If they got there any later, I would have died,” Kurtis Blow said.
“The Breaks” MC was then rushed to the hospital, and later met with the men. Kurtis Blow gave Officers Parra and Rodriguez some positive words of thanked them for saving his life.
The four heroic officers who helped save Blow ill be awarded a life-saving award for their heroic endeavours.
Kurtis Blow ruled the early 80’s and was the first rapper signed to major record label when Mercury Records released his self-titled debut in 1980. Some of of his biggest hits included “The Breaks,” “Christmas Rappin” and “If I Ruled the World” which was reworked by Nas and Lauryn Hill back in 1996. Get well O.G. and also check out a few of his classics.
Check out the press release below.