Wayne Bridges, the father of rapper Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, died on Sunday at age 52 – just two weeks after his son dedicated a Grammy victory to him, reports US.
The famly said in a statement:
"We are overwhelmed by the generous outpouring of love, condolences and support from family members, friends, fans and the many well wishers, we thank you for your prayers and hope you will understand our need for privacy during this sorrowful time."
Ludacris, 29, won for best rap album at the Feb. 11 Grammy Awards.
In his acceptance speech, he thanked his then-seriously ill father and dedicated the award to him.
When he went backstage Luda said, "I just told millions of people that their prayers are appreciated, he is the reason I am in this music field today. When I was young, how many different genres of different music he used to play for me. So you know, my appreciation for music definitely goes to him and that's why I dedicated my award to him."