The mother of Outkast member Andre “3000” Benjamin has passed away.
The Clayton County police department confirmed that Sharon Benjamin-Hodo, 58, died of what appears to be natural causes. She died early Tuesday, the day after her son’s 38th birthday, at her home in the Clayton County community of Rex.
Benjamin-Hodo founded Camp Starlight, an academic and creative outlet for kids, at New Morning Light Baptist Church in Conley. Her husband, Robert L. Hodo, is pastor of the church.
Outkast – Benjamin and Antwan André “Big Boi” Patton – are one of Atlanta’s most renowned hip-hop/R&B groups, having earned six career Grammys and topping the charts in 2004 with their ubiquitous “Hey Ya.”
Some in the local rap community took to Twitter to express their sadness:
"My condolences go out to Dre, and the entire Benjamin-Hodo family," wrote Jermaine Dupri.
And from Gipp of Goodie Mob, “"My Condolences And LOVE GO OUT TO 3000 ...WE ALL LOVED YOUR MOTHER MISS B..God got her NOW!!#DUNGEONFAMILY... Gipp"
The family has asked for continued support of Camp Starlight in lieu of flowers.