We are sadden to have to report such news. I first heard via text by a buddy of mines. After consulting with a few personal contacts and confirming the news Zee of DaSouth noted Tre9 was working on a press release. Here is the official word:
On Saturday morning, October 17, 2009, Juan “Enock” James was pronounced dead. While at his job in Houston, TX, he collapsed from what is most likely a severe heart attack. The autopsy results are not in yet to confirm the final cause of death. This was an unexpected occurence and a complete shock to his family, freinds and fans. All that is known of his condition is that he had hypertension and was on medication to stabilize his blood pressure, but nothing indicated he would suffer a heart attack.
Born on July 12, 1974 in Philadelphia, PA, Enock lived his life for the Lord until his death. Juan James was one of the founding members of The Cross Movement and is heard on Heaven’s Mentality, House of Representatives and Human Emergency. In 2001, he relocated to Houston, TX to work on his solo album, AWEthentic, with Much Luvv Records. Earlier this year, Enock along with former label mate Cruz Cordero, made a guest appearance on the song “Da Body” from The Tonic’s The Dash album. In Houston, he continued working underground with local rap ministries such as PHF Productions, AZA, CRS and Bless’T.
In Texas, he is survived by his wife Natalie James who gave birth to Jana James in 2005. In Pennsylvania, he is survived by Genesis James (9yrs), Juan James Jr. (11yrs.), and Chavonna James (17yrs).
If you would like to help, prayer and financial support is needed. Much Luvv Records and DaSouth.com will be organizing a benefit concert for the James family, details will be announced soon. For those who purchase Enock’s AWEthentic album in 2010, Much Luvv Records and The Bus Shop will donate 100% of all digital downloads & CD sales to his wife.
For monetary gifts, make all financial contributions payable to Natalie James at the address below:
c/o The James Family
7640 Lone Meadow Ct.
Houston, TX 77095