R.A. the Rugged Man’s Father Passes Away [R.I.P.]

Tragedy has struck R.A. the Rugged Man once again as his father, Staff Sgt. John A. Thorburn, passed away last Thursday (January 7) at the age of 63.

The Vietnam war hero had been diagnosed with fourth stage cancer in 2007, a year before R.A. wrote his verse on Jedi Mind Tricks’ “Uncommon Valor: A Vietnam Story,” a song where he detailed his father’s experiences in Vietnam and the affect his exposure to the chemical Agent Orange had on his siblings, who were both born with birth defects. R.A.’s younger brother Maxx died at the age of 10 as a direct result.

R.A.’s father, who was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross for his accomplishments in the Vietnam War and a Purple Heart among many other awards, will also be the subject of an upcoming documentary that’s in production now. XXLMag.com sends its condolences to R.A. and his family. —Brooklyne Gipson

  • KQ

    RIP Staff Sgt. John A. Thorburn.

    Condolences to R.A.

  • BIGSCREECH

    R.I.P.

  • Gift

    i HONESTLY DON’T KNOW ALOT ABOUT R.A., BUT HE WAS COOL AS A GUEST BLOGGER, AND NO ONE TO LOSE THEIR FATHER THIS WAY. CONDOLENCES FASHO.

  • http://www.jango.com/music/EmCDL EmCDL

    Huge condolences to R.A., may his father rest in peace. Dude went out like a true soldier

  • escobar9300

    RIP Staff Sgt. John A. Thorburn.

  • HipHopDoctor

    RIP.
    my condolences to RA, keep making good hiphop music

  • latino heat

    r.i.p. and condolences to the family.

  • Jon Dog

    Condolences from Canada R.A. Keep on keepin’ on.
    R.I.P

  • dwi

    R.I.P. Staff Sgt. John A. Thorburn. you will always be remembered for your ‘uncommon valor’

  • ripsta

    GOOD! tell him Floyd Mayweather say’s HAHAHAHAHA!

  • http://asdasd g

    wow ripsta. get a life.

  • AJA

    condolences to R.A. and his family!
    I seen him this weekend at a show in Toronto
    it was dope…Riviera Regime opened for him they were dope, R.A. did a special performance dedicated to his father passing

  • Sneezy

    wow first time i heard him was soundbombing 2 it feels so nasty to know this nigga reps suffoulk county L.I. it was awsome to hear him spit about the spots i know about

  • jamz

    you muppet ill bum your family