Omar Phillips, Drummer For Outkast, Arrested Development & Usher, Dead At 48
Big Boi, Sleepy Brown and others took to social media to remember Phillips.
Omar "Marruchi" Phillips, the Atlanta native who drummed for the likes of Outkast (as well as Big Boi's own band), Arrested Development, Mary J. Blige, and New Edition, has passed away at the age of 48 from congestive heart failure.
A funeral for Phillips took place on Monday at Antioch-Lithonia Missionary Baptist Church, which Big Boi was in attendance for, as HipHopDX reports. The rapper shared footage of the funeral on his Instagram.
Phillips also served as a house drummer and percussionist at Outkast's Stankonia Studios, and contributed to tracks like "Aquemini," "SpottieOttieDopaliscious," and others. Arrested Development member Speech, who toured alongside Phillips, spoke to HipHopDX about the late musician.
"Omar Phillips was the consummate percussionist and drummer with the heart and soul of ATL in his veins! He toured as Arrested Development's drummer for many years throughout Europe, Australia, U.S. and Japan. He was always excited about reaching the youth and teaching them the skills to change their lives," Speech said.
"So he volunteered to teach at my and my queen's premiere arts school. He was an all around man of the people, but especially Atlanta," he added.
See other reactions to Phillips' passing from celebrities and close friends below.