Portland hip-hop luminary Idris O’Ferrall, who performed as 'Starchile,' died Thursday.
O'Ferrall was diagnosed with lymphoma this spring. His father confirmed his death in a Facebook post. O'Ferrall was host of the long-running showcase Mic Check at White Eagle Saloon.
O'Ferrall also took a leading role in the institution of an annual Hip-Hop Day at Portland City Hall. After years of disputes over enforcement of fire, safety and venue codes, the event built a bridge between musicians, fans and the city's leaders.
O’Ferrall had grappled with health issues before, including kidney failure.
A crowdfunding campaign is raising money to help his family deal with medical expenses incurred over the last few months. He was 42 years old.