Radio figure DJ Megatron is fatally shot

Mar 29 2011 - 9:46am

PHILADELPHIA -- DJ Megatron, a radio and Black Entertainment Television personality, was shot and killed near his home in New York on Sunday morning.

Megatron, 32, born Corey McGriff, was shot in the chest around 2 a.m. on Staten Island, New York police said.

The effusive Megatron worked at a number of hip-hop and R&B stations, starting in New York (98.7 Kiss FM and Hot 97) and Boston (WBOT Hot 97.7). He moved on to Philadelphia, where he spent 2 1/2 years at 103.9 FM the Beat in the early 2000s before the station moved down the dial to 100.3.

He then returned to New York and worked for BET, where he was featured regularly on the "106 & Park" music countdown series, doing an on-the-street segment called "What's Good."

He appeared in several movies, including "State Property 2" in 2005, which starred rappers Beanie Sigel and N.O.R.E., formerly Noreaga.

Megatron was shot while heading to a store, his manager said. Police said he had been found dead. No arrests had been made.

Family and friends told the New York Daily News that Megatron "had a friendly personality and was not one to make enemies with people on the street." The Daily News also reported that he had three children, ages 9 months to 11 years old.

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