Big Boi Mourns Outkast Drummer Omar Phillips' Death

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Atlanta, GA – Friends and family piled into Antioch-Lithonia Missionary Baptist Church on Monday (January 14) to say goodbye to drummer Omar “Marruchi” Phillips who recently passed away from congestive heart failure.

The Atlanta native had played with a plethora of notable acts, including Usher, Mary J. Blige, Arrested Development, New Edition and Outkast. For a long time, he was a member of Big Boi’s band and served as a house drummer and percussionist at Outkast’s Stankonia Studios.

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Big Boi paid tribute to Phillips in an Instagram post, which featured footage of the funeral.

“Rip @omarphillipsdrums #Sons of Thunder,” he wrote in the caption.

Arrested Development’s former business affairs manager Gregg Adams had a close relationship with Phillips.

“Omar was a beautiful soul who gave more than he received,” Adams told HipHopDX. “I can’t believe he is gone. But on the positive side, the jam upstairs just got way funky.”

Tasha LaRae, singer for Arrested Development, remembers someone who was always urging her to follow her dreams.

“Omar was a very encouraging person,” she said to DX. “I remember sharing various ideas I had for my music and places I dreamed of performing, and he would continually push me to go for it. He believes hard. He loved his family, friends, peers and music.

“He saw the best in people and made sure to cheer you up if you were feeling down. He will truly be missed by anyone who’s ever had the pleasure of crossing his path. May he Rest In Peace.”

Phillips was 48.

Source: Hip Hop DX