Ronaldo Pimentel da Silva, the DJ MammothHe died this Wednesday (15) in Rio de Janeiro. At the age of 64, the “legend of funk” from Rio de Janeiro, considered by many to be the forerunner of rhythm, was announced of his death on a social network by Rafael Coimbra, the artist’s brotherinlaw.
“This is a note that I never wish to write, but unfortunately, with great regret and pain, I inform all friends, colleagues and followers that on the morning of this Wednesday, June 15, our dear friend and brother Ronaldo Pimentel da Silva, the Mammoth DJ left us.”
2 of 2 DJ Mammoth — Photo: Reproduction/Instagram
DJ Mammoth — Photo: Playback/Instagram
to g1Rafael said Mamute felt sick on Tuesday evening (14) and went to a health center in the Engenhoca district, on the border between Niterói and São Gonçalo in the metropolitan area, without speaking to anyone. He then returned home but continued to feel unwell.
This Wednesday morning, the artist returned to the health post but died on the way to the unit, Rafael said. Enthusiastic, the DJ’s brotherinlaw said both he and his wife who Mammoth regards as a sister were deeply distressed.
“We couldn’t even work. We stayed at home, couldn’t speak. Only those who lived with him and were with him every day know what it was like,” his brotherinlaw lamented. The family believes the DJ may have suffered a heart attack, but the information has not yet been confirmed by the hospital.
DJ Mamute was the author of historical funk montages such as “Bad Man”, “Jack Matador” and “Big Mute” for example. The songs were hits from the 1980s and 1990s.
The statement published by Rafael on Instagram also says that the funeral of the music producer will take place this Thursday (16) at 11 a.m. at the Cemitério Maruí in Niterói.
A friend of Mammut for almost three decades, Sandro Augusto, the Weevil DJ, said they would be playing at a dance in Saquarema, Lagos region, next Friday (17). The friends would drive together, by car. The trip was arranged for Tuesday evening, the last time Buckbeak spoke to Mammoth.
“He was a guy who started with our gear. We had a very special affection because he gave us a lot of encouragement [outros DJs]’ regretted Bicudo.
Also on a social network, Hurricane 2000 published a message lamenting the death.
“Funk history is losing one of our legends of this movement, DJ Mamute. In this moment of sadness and sorrow, may there be peace, comfort, courage and love to all friends and family. Our feelings,” complained the Funk team.
Another dance team, Pipo’s, also posted a message in honor of Mammut.
“Today we had a great and irreparable loss! He left us a unique human being, a professional who was not only dedicated but tirelessly searching for new sounds! Everyone listened,” the team wrote.