Rest In Peace Pakelika: Remembering The Visual Assassin
Following reports of a critical asthma attack this past weekend, former Kottonmouth Kings member and visual entertainer Patrick “Pakelika” Cochrun passed away on Saturday, August 11.
The sad news is a massive hit to fans worldwide who first witnessed Pakelika’s talents as a touring member of the Kottonmouth Kings for many years including on the popular Strange Noize Tours with Tech N9ne and Strange Music. Pakelika’s patented hydro-mechanix dance style became a staple of every Kottonmouth Kings show and earned Pakelika the moniker of “The Visual Assassin”.
Blessed with many gifts, Pakelika’s career in entertainment also included work in music videos, art, and even two albums. His influence spread far and wide, as he also became a vocal activist.
Whether he was on stage blowing audiences away with his dancing or leading a righteous cause, it is clear that Pakelika had an impact on fans everywhere and he will be truly missed.
Kottonmouth Kings Issue Statement About The Death Of Pakelika
Suburban Noize Records and the Kottonmouth Kings were devastated by the news of the untimely passing of Patrick “Pakelika” Cochrun this past weekend. The former masked member was an integral part of the Kottonmouth Kings for many years and will forever be missed by the group and fans around the world. Brad “Daddy X” Xavier has released the following statement:
“We are out on tour preparing for the release of our new record. At what should be an exciting time for the group we have been blindsided, shocked and deeply saddened by the terrible news about our friend and former band member Pakelika’s sudden death. Nothing can prepare you for such horrible news and this reminds us all just how precious life is and the importance of friends and family. It has been a couple of years since Big Pak performed with the Kings, but his presence and the impact he made on us will live forever. Patrick ‘Pakelika’ Cochrun was a very unique and special person. We traveled the world together and played hundreds of shows together. The memories and experiences we shared will live forever in our hearts and souls. We want to thank the underground for the tremendous outpouring of condolences and support at such a sorrow filled time. Take care of yourselves and spread love and positive vibrations. Rest in peace big Pak; you will be missed!”
In honor and tribute to Pakelika, the Kottonmouth Kings have dedicated their new video for “Mr. Cali Man” to him online at http://bit.ly/Ph8nlL.
“Pakelika’s friends and family want us all to celebrate his life and memory. We are making plans now for an event to celebrate Pak’s life and to help raise money for his hospital bills. Details will be announced shortly, until then we ask that everyone light a candle at 4:20pm this week for our fallen brother and friend. This is a very sad time for us all, but let’s all take some time and remember Pak for the loving and caring person he was.” added Suburban Noize president Kevin Zinger.
Strange Music remembers Patrick “Pakelika” Cochrun and we send our condolences to family and friends.
— Tech N9ne (@TechN9ne) August 13, 2012