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Kollege Kidd Co-Founder Ray Autry Reportedly Died from COVID Pneumonia

Update 12/31/2021 8:01pm:

According to reports, Kollege Kidd co-founder Ray Autry reportedly died from COVID pneumonia. Autry’s brother, PJ Taylor, told The Sun, “He passed away on December 29 from Covid pneumonia. He had been hospitalized for at least a couple of weeks in Toledo, Ohio.” Services for the hip-hop blogger are scheduled for Jan. 10.

Autry, an Ohio native, returned to his home state during the holiday along with his twin brother Rich where both men were stricken ill. According to Taylor, both brothers were hospitalized on the same floor. 

“The family can’t even digest it. It’s still so fresh. Ray was one of the fun brothers, man. You could joke with him, laugh with him. He was funny,” said PJ. “He was always my big brother, man. Since I’ve been in this earth, he’s been there. I don’t know life without him. He was like a superhero.”

PJ added that the family has kept Ray’s passing from Rich as he continues to battle COVID-19 in the hospital. “He’s going to be buried in Toledo but we’re still picking the cemetery. Rich doesn’t know yet. He’s still in the ICU,” he said. “We don’t want to tell him and elevate his vitals and something goes wrong. I don’t think he will know until after Ray is buried.” 

Per The Sun: 

Raysean and Rich both went to college at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Raysean majored in television and film and interned at CNN’s In America before co-founding Rich studied journalism and went on to work as a reporter for the Toledo Free Press and intern at the Wall Street Journal as a metro reporter.

Original 12/30/2021 4:27pm:

Ray Autry, who co-founded the popular blog and social media page Kollege Kidd, has reportedly passed away. According to Say Cheese TV, Ray died following a battle with COVID-19. His brother Richard, who co-founded Kollege Kidd with him, is reportedly in the hospital also battling COVID-19. 

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More information has not been released surrounding the news of Ray’s death or Richard’s hospitalization, but we’ll be sure to update you as more information is available. 




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