Jam Master Jay Bio | Death Cause & Net Worth

Jam Master Jay was a DJ who was known as a member of the hip-hop group Run-DMC. He gained stardom when Run-DMC became one of the biggest hip-hop influential groups in the 80s. Jay’s songs genre was Hip hop, golden age hip hop, and rap rock. He was known by his nicknames DJ Jazzy Jase and Jam Master Funk.

Early Life of Jam Master Jay

Jam Master Jay was born on January 21, 1965, in Brooklyn, New York, United States. Jay was only 37 years old at the time of his death. Jay used to cut his birthday cake on the 21st of January and his birth sign was Aquarius. His birth name was Jason William Mizell. He was born as the son of Jesse Mizell (mother) and Connie Thompson Mizell (father).

His siblings were Marvin L. Thompson and Bonita Jones. Jam had American citizenship and he used to belong to the African-American ethnic community. Jay used to follow the Christianity religion. He studied at Andrew Jackson High School in New York City’s Queens.

Jam Master Jay’s Wife; Father of Four

His wife was Terri Corley. They tied the wedding knot in the 90s. Terri lives as a widow of Jam. Terri is honoring her husband and has also hosted the J.A.M. Awards with Run-D.M.C.’s Darryl McDaniels in 2007. She is focussing on the foundation Jam Master Jay Foundation for Music in his honor.

Jam spotted with his wife
Caption: Jam spotted with his wife (Source: Getty Images)

They welcomed three sons and a daughter. The name of his children is DJ Jam Master J’Son, T.J. Mizell, Tyra Myricks, and Jesse Mizell. His son, J’Son is a DJ born on April 14, 1986, and his other son T.J. is also a Dj born on March 7, 1991. His daughter, Tyra was born in August 1992.

Jam Master Jay’s Net Worth

Jay had a net worth of $1 million during his death. Jam earned this money from his career as a Disc jockey, Musician, Rapper, and Actor. Jay used to earn $46,567 per year as his annual salary.

Jam infront of the house and car
Caption: Jam in front of the house and car (Source: YouTube)

Jam Master Jay’s Murder & Funeral

Jam left this Universe on October 30, 2002, at 7:30 pm in his recording studio on Merrick Boulevard in Jamaica, Queens. He died due to a fatal gunshot and was only 37 years old at the time of his death. When Jam and Urieco Rincon were at the studio they shot Jay and even shot Urieco in the ankle and but luckily he survived.

His funeral happened after six days after his death. Jam’s body is buried at Ferncliff Cemetery and Mausoleum in Hartsdale, New York. Joseph Simmons also spoke a word about Jay saying:

“Jason helped build hip-hop, and his job is finished. He just couldn’t leave without drama.”

Three Person Charged for Jam Master Jay’s Murder

On 29th May 2023, a third person was charged with Jay’s Murder. The third person is Jay Bryant. Bryan is already in custody for murder, narcotics trafficking, and other drug trafficking counts but he denied the charges. Previously, Kenneth McGriff and Irv Gotti Lorenzo were charged with the killing of Jay.

They were charged as Jam was also involved in the blacklist of the 50 Cent rapper case. Playboy magazine published that Jam was murdered with the title The Last Days of Jam Master Jay in December 2003. Jam was into cocaine distribution along with a drug dealer. As he couldn’t pay back the amount to the dealer, his partners murdered him.

Some records claimed that Jay went to Washington, D.C. to buy 10 kilograms of cocaine worth quarter-million dollars from a trafficker known as Uncle on July 31, 2002. So, the uncle arranged for the gang to murder him as he couldn’t pay for the drug within a week.

Suspect & Investigation of Jay’s Murder

Ronald Washington, a federal prosecutor accomplice as a suspect in April 2007. He has a murder charge of Randy Stretch Walker in 1995. Netflix released a documentary titled, ReMastered: Who Killed Jam Master Jay? in 2018. Marcia Clark, a former prosecutor has also investigated his case in her series, Marcia Clark Investigates in 2018. She conclude that Jam’s friend, Ronald Washington made access of his murder.

Police arrested Ronald Washington and Karl Jordan Jr. in charge of Jam’s death in 2020. Jordan also has charges of even shooting Mizell’s nephew’s leg in August 2003. In November 2021, they became nonguilty and the next trial will be in November 2023.

Singing Career of Jam Master Jay

  • He began his singing career by playing at parks and at bars.
  • Jam used pair of Technics to practice at night with headphones on.
  • He became DJ and joined Run-D.M.C. where he used to play bass and drums in several garage bands.
  • Jam joined the band of Joseph Run Simmons and Darryl D.M.C. in 1982.
Jam on the frame
Caption: Jam on the frame (Source: The New York Times)
  • He played keyboards, bass, and live drums for Run-D.M.C‘s album Raising Hell.
  • He founded his own records named, Jam Master Jay Records in 1989.
  • Mizell even signed 50 Cent and Onyx.

Songs & Albums

Some of his popular songs are It’s Tricky, It’s like that, King of Rock, Peter Piper, Rock Box, Walk This Way, Jam‐master Jay, My Adidas, Christmas in Hollis, Sucker m.c.’s, Down with the King, Run’s house, and You. His famous albums were Crown Royal, Raising Hell, Run-D.M.C., King of Rock, Tougher Than Leather, Down with the King, and Greatest Hits.

FAQs of Jam Master Jay

Is there a documentary on Jam Master Jay’s murder?

Yes, there is a documentary on Jay’s murder. The documentary, Remastered: Who Killed Jam Master Jay? is aired on Netflix.

Did Jam Master Jay have a car accident?

Yes, he had a car accident in the West Village of Manhattan on December 26, 1987. he had also survived a gunshot in the Christmas holidays.

Was Jam Master Jay related to the Mizell Brothers?

Yes, Jay was related to Mizell’s Brother. Mizell’s Brother has produced songs for artists like Gary Bartz and Johnny Hammond Smith.

What was Jam Master Jay’s Height?

Jay had a tall height of 6 feet inches. Jay’s eyes were brown in color and had brown hair.

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