Monday, July 21, 2008

K-Swift Bmore's Legendary Female DJ passes away @ 29

K-Swift Bmore's Legendary Female DJ passes away @ 29

Khia "K-Swift" Edgerton, one of the city's most popular radio DJs and performers, died early Monday morning after a pool accident at her home. She was 29.

The cause of death was unclear, but an autopsy was planned.

According to a preliminary police investigation, Edgerton, who lived in the 4300 block of Arizona Ave. in Northeast Baltimore, had been hosting a party at her house through Sunday evening and into early this morning. Police investigators believe she may have been drinking, said agent Donny Moses, a Baltimore police spokesman.

During the party early this morning, she jumped into her above-ground pool with several other people, but didn't resurface. About six or seven other people were in the pool, which was about 4 or 5 feet deep, during the time she had jumped in. After an unspecified period of time, her friends pulled her onto a metal-frame deck that adjoined the pool, and called 911.

When paramedics arrived, they discovered that Edgerton was breathing "very shallow and her pulse was weak," Moses said. She was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital where she was pronounced dead soon after her arrival.

Edgerton, known as the "Club Queen," introduced a younger generation to Baltimore's club scene and helped breathe new life into an aging genre. Born in Baltimore, she started working at WERQ-FM 92.3 10 years ago as a mixer and worked her way up the ranks.

Five years ago, she began hosting a popular club music show from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on WERQ-FM 92.3, which earned her a widespread fan base in and around Baltimore.

Edgerton performed live at clubs up and down the East Coast, spreading Baltimore's dance music to other cities. She appealed to a large demographic of listeners and concertgoers, said 92Q station manager Howard Mazer.

"She had an enormous following and meant a lot to the people of Baltimore," he said. "People just gravitated to her. ... When she threw parties, thousands of people would come."

Edgerton owned a graphics and production company and was the city's only female record pool director. She performed at Artscape Saturday and was scheduling concerts overseas for the coming months, Mazer said.

"It's a terrible loss to all of us and the city of Baltimore," Mazer said.

Below is video of K-Swift talking about her favorite music experience growing up as a kid check it out.

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