‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ Star LL Cool J Mourns Death of UTFO Rapper Kangol Kid

by Suzanne Halliburton
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NCIS: Los Angeles star LL Cool J turned back to his NYC roots as he honored the memory of a recently departed friend and old-school rapper.

The family of Shaun Shiller Fequiere, who was a member of the group UTFO, announced that he had died, Saturday. Fequiere went by the name Kangol Kid (check his classic hat). Back in February, the 55-year-old said he was diagnosed with colon cancer.

The NCIS: Los Angeles star posted an 11-second video clip of his friend as he looked back on why he went into music. In the clip, Kangol said: “Wanted to get up on that stage and make everyone enjoy themselves. (I wanted to) be the major reason why someone was having a good time.”

LL Cool J captioned the clip: “Too much to say… one day. Rest in power Kangol. Love you big bro.”

NCIS: Los Angeles Star Grew Up In NYC Hip Hop Scene

The 53-year-old LL Cool J, long before he became entrenched as Sam Hanna on NCIS: Los Angeles, started his career as a hip-hop artist in NYC. He grew up in Queens with his mother and grandparents. His granddad encouraged his singing career. This was all back in the 1980s, when LL Cool J was a teenager. Kangol also grew up in the early NYC hip-hop scene. Fequiere’s son, T. Shaun, wrote on Instagram, confirming his dad’s death. “I just wanna hear you again, another hug, another embarrassing kiss,” Kangol’s son said.

UTFO stood for Untouchable Force Organization. The group’s best-known song probably was “Roxanne.”

Fans, You Need to Get Through Holidays Before Your Next New Episode

LL Cool J and crew won’t return with new episodes for NCIS: Los Angeles until Jan. 2. For tonight, CBS reshuffled its Sunday prime-time lineup. There’s mainstay 60 Minutes, plus a Christmas movie, then a rerun of FBI: International, the rookie series normally scheduled for Tuesday.

The last new NCIS: Los Angeles episode was Nov. 21. So for context, the hiatus started Thanksgiving and won’t be over until after New Year’s Day. LL Cool J did host the National Christmas Tree Lighting show, which was broadcast Dec. 5. So at least fans got their Sam Hanna fix.

When the show returns, we’ll be able to see the handiwork of Daniela Ruah, who portrays Kensi Blye. Or check that, we’ll be able to see her eye and her point of view. That’s because she directed the episode called “Lost Soldier Down.” Here’s the synopsis from CBS: “NCIS investigates the apparent suicide of a Navy intelligence officer who leapt to his death after taking LSD. Also, while Kensi is away, Deeks makes plans to redo the backyard without her input.”

It’s Ruah’s second NCIS: Los Angeles episode to direct in 10 months. Her first was “Russia, Russia, Russia” back in February. She also is directing a third episode for season 13, although CBS hasn’t offered a plot summary of a specific date. The episode was in production earlier this month.

CBS also released the details of the show’s Jan. 9 offering. And it doesn’t sound fun for Ruah. In A Land of Wolves, Kensi is attacked and kidnapped by a militia group.

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