D.C. radio host, personality, and DJ, Tony Redz, also known as Mr. 24/7 has passed away. DJ Tony Redz died in the early hours of today. Tony Redz cause of death or what killed him is not yet known but multiple reports from sources claimed that Tony Redz died of heart attack.
Tony Redz death was confirmed and made known to the public by his former colleague and fellow radio host Sunni in a series of tweets via his Twitter handle.
Sunni’s tweets reads.. “Got a call from DJ Flexx that shattered my heart. Can’t believe our former colleague Tony Redz has passed away. Way too young. Prayers to his family. Unbelievable.”
Tony Redz former colleague DJ Heat, took to his Facebook page to pen down his tribute for the Late DJ Redz “Taken aback by the news. Rest peacefully to my former radio colleague Tony Redz. Prayers to his family.”
‘The Wire’ actor Tray Chaney tweeted about Redz’s death saying, “I can’t process this right now…..looking at this pic then listening to a piece of our interview when you first heard my music & automatically played it & interviewed me live on the radio….RIP TONY REDZ aka Mr 24/7 this really hit me….2020 is hitting me from all angles Crying face.”
Tony Redz, who was also known as Mr. 24/7, was a D.C. native who graduated from Howard University. He was well known in the go-go music community.
Redz has deep roots in the DMV and began his music career in 1997. He later went on to work for WPGC 95.5 in D.C. as a radio host in 2000. He has since dedicated his time in the DMV to sharing music and being one of the many staples of D.C.’s go-go culture.
He was known for helping local music artists get their music on the radio, such as popular DMV rapper Rico Nasty who said he was the first person to share her music on the radio.
Reedz had hosted over one thousand concerts throughout his career and appeared as a guest host on TV One’s ‘News One Now’ with Tolan Martin multiple times. Mr. 24/7 was also an advocate of education and job development, who impacted the lives of many youths through his ‘Should Could Dream’ regional high school tour. Redz also used to actively post photos and videos about issues that affect the African-American community in the United States, including police brutality and gun violence. One of Redz’s final Instagram posts dealt with the death of George Floyd at the hands of the city’s police on May 25.
Another tweet read, “It’s very sad for us to report this but Rest In Peace Tony Redz. DMV & Radio legend so huge in the community…this is just really hard to post at this time. We send our condolences to his family. This is a big lost for the DMV.”
“This hurt…. this HURTS. On top of all the current loss. Rest easy, OG. (Tony Redz). Literally such a positive force for the music scene here,” expressed another.
Redz began his music career in Radio in 1997, at Radio One’s WKYS 93.9 FM. He later moved to CBS Radio’s 95.5 FM in 2000. He embarked on a 30-city tour as a part of the management deal with Violator Records.
Tributes Floods Twitter..
It’s very sad for us to report this but Rest In Peace Tony Redz. DMV & Radio legend so huge in the community…this is just really hard to post at this time. We send our condolences to his family. This is a big lost for the DMV. #DMV #tonyredz #wpgc955 pic.twitter.com/mxp7tLMD4L
— V🌍TP DMV🇹🇹🇯🇲 (@voiceofthep) May 29, 2020
— rolandsmartin (@rolandsmartin) May 29, 2020
Rest in paradise #TonyRedz. Gone way too soon and blessed with so much talent! This was my favorite Dj of all time who inspired me to get into radio. Always couldn’t wait for the 5 o’clock mix mane just won’t be the same. https://t.co/JLkJn1yUwp
— Emmanuel Diala 🌩 (@EmanStuntin) May 29, 2020