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DJ Megatron Killed While Buying Marijuana, Friend Says

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By Adam Ramirez on March 30, 2011 6:46 AM

New York hip hop personality DJ Megatron, 106 & Park's host, was shot to death in Staten Island while on an early-morning marijuana run, the New York Post reports.

DJ Megatron, real name Corey McGriff, was out buying marijuana and a cigar early Sunday, reports the Post.

The BET host was reportedly was speaking on his cell phone to a friend when he was shot in the chest. There were no eyewitnesses, and McGriff was pronounced dead on the scene shortly after 2 a.m.

DJ Megatron worked for hip-hop and R&B stations in New York, Boston and Philadelphia before becoming a figure on BET's 106 & Park music series. He has hosted the show's "What's Good" segment and has appeared in movies including 2005's "State Property 2," starring rappers Beanie Sigel and N.O.R.E., formerly Noreaga.

A friend of the slain radio and TV personality told investigators Monday the two were chatting on the phone as the deejay went out to buy marijuana when the line went dead, likely because he'd been shot, the Post reports.

Police are investigating whether drugs played a role in his death, but said Monday they do not believe it was a robbery, CBS reports.

His manager, Justin Kirkland, known as J. Smoove, said friends and family had no idea why anyone might have attacked the deejay known for his upbeat attitude.

Rising to the on-air ranks after starting as an intern, DJ Megatron began his career at New York's WKRS-FM, better known as Kiss FM, where deejays remembered him on the air and online Sunday.

The father of three had also devoted his time to charitable events on Staten Island, his manager told a local CBS affiliate. No arrests have been made in the shooting.

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