Zachary “ZackTV” Stoner: Fast Facts About Chicago YouTube Vlogger Killed in Drive-By Shooting

A popular YouTube vlogger known for showcasing and interviewing up and coming Chicago rappers and other popular figures in the area was shot and killed early Wednesday morning (May 30).

Chicago police said 30-year-old Zachary Stoner, also known as “Zack TV,” was shot multiple times in the city’s South Loop neighborhood. Stoner was driving his Jeep around 1:30 a.m. local time when a driver of another vehicle pulled up beside his car and fired a number of shots, police said.

Zack was shot in the head and neck before he hit a curb and crashed into a light pole, WGN 9 reported. He was rushed to Northwestern Hospital in critical condition, where he later died of his injuries.

Video footage showing the shooting’s aftermath was posted on social media (see below). A man can be heard frantically shouting “Let’s go!” as several others run from a damaged Chevy Caprice to a third car that was on the scene, which drives away. The footage shows a taxi passing the fleeing car before backing up and stopping at the scene.

Friends said Stoner had just left a rap concert at Refuge—a nightclub less than half a mile from the scene of the shooting.

Police haven’t identified the suspected shooters and are still piecing together evidence to help find them.

Here’s what you need to know about Zachary “ZackTV” Stoner and his shooting death:

Zachary “ZackTV” Stoner was shot multiple times in the head and neck while driving his Jeep, which crashed into a light pole.

WGN 9 News reported that Zachary Stoner (aka “ZackTV”) was driving his Jeep Cherokee around 1:30 a.m. local time when he shot multiple times in the head and neck by bullets fired from another car.

After losing consciousness, Stoner hit a curb and crashed into a light pole. He was taken to Northwestern Hospital in critical condition and was pronounced dead at 4:20 a.m, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

According to friends of Stoner, he had just left a rap concert at Refuge—a nightclub less than half a mile away from the scene—right before the shooting.

“I’m hearing stories like they may have been mad at him because he did interviews with certain rappers,” said friend Phor Robinson, a reality TV star on the VH1 show ‘Black Ink Crew Chicago.’ “But that’s not his fault for him doing his job. I don’t know why anyone would attack Zack and shoot him. He’s not that type of person. He showed love to everybody in Chicago.”

Robinson believes his friend may have been an unintended target of the shooting.

“It just [doesn’t] make sense that they would just kill Zack and drive off. I don’t know if it was a setup or what… I don’t know if they [were] personally shooting at him, or if it was somebody he was with,” Robinson said. “I don’t know what it was. All I know is my friend is gone.”

Chicago police are still investigating the shooting, and so far, they don’t have any suspects in custody.

Chicago activist and mayoral candidate Ja’Mal Green, who is also a friend of Stoner’s, said he’s offering a $1,000 to anyone who has any information that would lead to an arrest and conviction.

Video footage shows cars fleeing the murder scene and a man can be heard yelling “Let’s go!” in the clip.

Someone who heard the gunshots and people shouting from below their apartment recorded a video of the scene from their cell phone. In the video, Stoner’s jeep can be seen, as well as three men jumping from one car into another, leaving a damaged Chevy Caprice behind as they fled the scene.

One of the men can be heard frantically yelling “Let’s go!” in the clip as they run from the Caprice and pile into a third tan-colored. The footage also shows a taxi passing the fleeing car before backing up and stopping at the scene.

“I heard a couple of individuals say, ‘Let’s go,’ and they were yelling and jumping up and down in the middle of the street in the middle of the night,” said Reyna Levine, who lives near where the shooting occurred.

“There wasn’t a lot of traffic, but there was a couple of bystanders and there was a taxi cab. After they sped off, the bystander and the taxi cab [driver] engaged and called emergency services,” Levine said.

Zachary Stoner had a popular YouTube channel called “ZackTV” (aka “The Hood CNN”) with over 170,000 subscribers where he interviewed and promoted up-and-coming Chicago rappers. He also interviewed friends of Kenneka Jenkins, the young woman who was found dead in a hotel freezer.

Zachary Stoner was known for interviewing and promoting a number of up-and-coming Chicago rappers via his “ZackTV” YouTube channel, which boasted over 170,000 subscribers and featured thousands of videos, some with millions of views. He also interviewed Chicago gang members and highlighted the city’s infamous gun violence problem.

Stoner was credited with giving some of Chicago’s most controversial artists their first on-camera exposure, including then-teenage drill music pioneer Chief Keef. He also posted clips showing young men from rival gangs flashing guns and threatening each other.

Stoner described himself on Twitter, where had had over 14K followers, as the “best interviewer in the world” who took his faith in God and his camera to “some of the dangerous hoods in America.”

Eerily, one of his last tweets posted just hours before his murder was a tongue-in-cheek reference to the “death” of rapper Drake as a result of his beef with Pusha T.

ZackTV said in an April interview with the Chicago Defender that he wanted to show an alternative view of Chicago and its residents with his YouTube channel, which was often nicknamed the “Hood CNN.”

“I wanted to show the world the other side of Chicago. Back when I was growing up, we had Common and Kanye West. Those are great brothers and great entertainers, but I didn’t think they represented Chicago the way that I’ve seen Chicago,” Stoner said. “I wanted to show the world what the other side of Chicago looks like … our culture—the way we dress, what we eat, how we talk, how we walk.”

The Defender wrote that Stoner “documents what others neglect and repeatedly interviews personalities who many had hoped would never grace a camera. His videos are not fluffy, glitzy, and sentimental documentary shorts; on the contrary, they are more like visceral punches to the gut that can leave you either inspired for change or disturbed by reality.”

“A lot of people respect what I do. I’m the ‘Hood CNN,’” Stoner told The Defender. “A news station is one-sided. They’ll get your full interview, but they will cut and edit and put whatever they want out. Whatever you say to me will get put out in full no matter if it’s positive or negative. I show both sides.”

Two of ZackTV’s most popular interviews were with friends of Kenneka Jenkins, the young woman was who became the subject of a viral story and public investigation after she was found dead in a freezer at a Chicago hotel.

In one interview, Zack spoke with Jenkins’ friend Irene Roberts, who also went viral on social media in connection with the case after her Facebook Live video showing the hotel party was dissected by internet sleuths in an effort to determine what happened to Jenkins.

Another interview was with two men who were also at the hotel party before Jenkins was found dead. Both interviews were published in November 2017, two months after Kenneka’s death, which was ultimately ruled an accident.

Just three days before Stoner’s murder, Jenkins was remembered on Sunday (May 27) during a tribute at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Rosemont, Illinois where she died. The celebration of life marked what would have been the Chicago teen’s 20th birthday, ABC7 reported.

ZackTV’s most recent interview was posted on Sunday (May 27), featuring Drake of Chiraq discussing the recent shooting death of Chicago rapper Mubu Krump and King Yella being in federal prison.

Close friends of Zack’s say he was a peacemaker who looked out for everyone and would look for ways to help rival gangs settle their difference to help lower Chicago’s violent crime rates.

JP “Jaepilla” Lee, owner of Groundzero Studios, had known Zachary Stoner since 2002. He said Stoner’s ZackTV YouTube channel was considered the “Hood CNN” because of its influence with young people in the community.

Lee said one of ZackTV’s missions was to help rival gangs settle their differences, which in turn would help lower Chicago’s violent crime rates. Lee said weeks before Zack’s murder he contacted him about an idea he had to link up with Chicago’s rival gangs and record a collaboration song and accompanying music video.

“What’s even worse about all this sh*t is Zack just hit my line a couple weeks ago talking about setting up a few blocks of studio time to do a collaboration song with all the Chicago ‘organizations’ and their rivals and was gonna have me record the song and he was gonna drop a video and all to it,” Lee said in a Facebook post. “It was dope to see him make his own lane and become very successful at it.”

Lee told the Sun-Times that Zack’s main focus was bringing people together.

“He wanted to see young people come up. He was a motivator to the youth. He was about his money and his business,” Lee said. “He was always giving to the needy and poor. And even just looking our for guys in the hood. He also managed and supported a young artist by the name of Rome. He wasn’t in any gangs and he would and could literally go into any hood with his camera and get nothing but love.”

Unfortunately, not everyone was a fan of ZackTV’s style of journalism and reporting. As word of his death spread, social media insinuated that his shooting may have been retaliation for the interviews he did with Kenneka Jenkins’ friends (which you can watch above).

“He said he was getting threats and sh*t from powerful people telling him not to release the interview. I believe he released it anyway. Or at least some of it,” Lee said. “He was literally like the Hood CNN. I hate to say it but sh*t like ‘his death’ is the type of story he would be all over and have footage and interviews on already. He jumps on sh*t as soon as it pops.”

Zachary Stoner headed a for-profit collaborative called “Good Brothers” that did a lot of community service work in Chicago.

Zachary Stoner’s 37-year-old business partner and mentor Tony Woods said Stoner didn’t get the credit he deserved for his work behind the camera.

“People don’t see what he does behind the scenes,” Woods told The Chicago Defender. “There have been many occasions where a guy will call Zack on his way to ride on his opps (slang for enemies) and Zack would talk him down. The brother has a jail phone. He sends money to incarcerated brothers and takes care of their families. People don’t get to see that side of it. They assume because he’s interviewing the GD’s or BD’s that he’s fanning the flames and that’s not the case.”

Along with Tony Woods and actor Curtis Toler, Stoner headed for-profit collaborative called “Good Brothers.” Toler said the name came from how they refer to stand-up men in their community.

“The name is self-explanatory,” Toler said. “In Chicago, we use a lot of different terms like ‘beloved.’ Cats in LA and New York start to use our lingo. ‘Good Brother’ is a term of endearment and also vouching for a person’s character.”

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“The Good Brothers is a behind-the-scenes organization that prides itself on doing community service work,” The Chicago Defender wrote. The organization has mentored youth, hosted workshops teaching youth how to monetize their social media presence, and they also partnered with a church for a gun buyback event. Last November, The Good Brothers used ZackTV’s platform when they went to try and broker a peace treaty between two rival gangs in the Altgeld Gardens neighborhood.

Before his death, Stoner, who stressed entrepreneurship, tweeted that he and “a few other important people in the city” were due to host a seminar on Thursday (May 31) to help people looking to start their own businesses.

“We’re trying to make peace profitable. People make a lot of money off of violence,” said Woods. “The legal system. Social service organizations. Non-Profits. The people make a bag off of us, death, and everything that goes wrong in the community. We can use Zack’s platform as a method of promoting peace indirectly.”

The Defender described ZackTV as the city’s “Bat Signal” and “The Good Brothers are are Batman coming to Gotham’s rescue.” ZackTV challenged traditional journalism by not being afraid to address the issues that he covered, “a model worth emulating given the relationship with Black communities and exploitative media,” wrote the Defender.

Stoner—who said he wanted to “change Chiraq into Chicago”—explained to The Defender: “If you study ZackTV’s interviews, you’ll notice that at the end of them, I often ask ‘What can we do to resolve the violence in Chicago?’ But a lot of young men feel that their hood will look down on them if they wanted to fix the problem. A lot of people may look at these individuals like they’re thugs, ghetto hoodlums, or nobodies. But to me, I look at each artist as a human being that is stuck in this box that they are trying to get out. When you’re in the hood—ghetto, urban communities, whatever you want to call them—it’s a way of life but also survival tactics. Never judge a book by its cover. Never look down on the next man.”

Fans of ZackTV and members of the Chicago Hip-Hop scene have taken to social media to offer their condolences regarding Zachary Stoner’s death.

Zachary “ZackTV” Stoner pictured here with Chicago rapper Mubu Krump, who was also killed in a drive-by shooting just days before Stoner.

As news of ZackTV’s death spread, tributes began to pour in on social media, with many praising him for his work shining a light on people often overlooked by mainstream media.

Andrew Barber, founder of the Hip Hop blog Fake Shore Drive tweeted: “RIP ZackTV — a dope Chicago journalist,” to which Chance the rapper replied, “Oh no man RIP.”

See more poignant tributes below:

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Drake Is NOT a Deadbeat Dad, He’s Been Sending Money to Baby Mama Sophie Brussaux Since Son Adonis’ Birth (Report)

In Pusha T’s scathing Drake diss track “The Story of Adidon,” the former accused the latter of being a “deadbeat dad” (or, in his words, a “deadbeat mothaf**ka”). But a new report from TMZ says those deadbeat allegations couldn’t be further from the truth.

According to sources close to Drake, Sophie Brussaux—the woman Pusha T says Drake has a secret son named Adonis with—lives a pretty comfortable lifestyle, thanks to the money Drake regularly sends to her.

In fact, Drake has not only been financially supporting Sophie since she gave birth to Adonis, but he was also taking care of her before she had the baby.

TMZ’s report continues:

Our sources say Drake plans to take a DNA test to figure out any possible future legalities, but he feels there’s a slight chance the kid is his.

And get this — sources working on Drake’s new album tell us he planned to reveal everything about his new son on his upcoming album — a plan that will obviously need some tweaking.

As we previously reported, in addition to the “deadbeat dad” claims, Pusha T’s diss track against Drake called the Canadian rapper out for being biracial, talked about his absentee father, and even threw a shot at his best friend and longtime producer Noah “40” Shebib, who is currently battling a disease called Multiple sclerosis (also known as “MS”). The artwork for the track featured a photo of Drake in blackface, which Pusha T confirmed was the real deal.

While Drake has since responded to the controversial blackface photo, he has yet to respond to the actual diss track, something the whole world is waiting on at this point.

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Drake Explains Controversial Blackface Photos: “I Know Everyone Is Enjoying the Circus…”

Drake has finally issued a statement regarding those photos of him in blackface.

The pictures, which were taken by photographer David Leyes, have been a major topic of discussion among rap fans on and offline ever since Pusha T used one of them as the cover art for his searing diss track “The Story of Adidon.”

When the song first dropped, naturally, most people thought the image was photoshopped until Pusha jumped on Twitter to let us all know it was 100% real.

The initial response to the photos came from David Leyes, who swiftly got them removed from Pusha T’s Instagram account. Leyes, a professional photographer from Drake’s hometown of Toronto, said the photos were actually Drake’s idea. He can be seen in the comments section of an Instagram post explaining the backstory: “I captured [Drake’s] idea… I’m proud to be a part of a strong statement made by a black man about the f**ked up culture he is living in.”

Now, after more than 24 hours, Drake has taken to Instagram himself to explain why he took the photos and the context behind them.

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“I know everyone is enjoying the circus but I want to clarify this image in question,” Drizzy wrote. “This is was not from a clothing brand shoot or my music career. This picture is from 2007, a time in my life where I was an actor and I was working on a project that was about young black actors struggling to get roles, being stereotyped and type cast. The photos represented how African Americans were once wrongfully portrayed in entertainment.”

He continued, “Me and my best friend at the time Mazin Elsadig who is also an actor from Sudan were attempting to use our [voices] to bring awareness to the issues we dealt with all the time as black actors at auditions. This was to highlight and raise our frustrations with not always getting a fair chance in the industry and to make a point that the struggle for black actors had not changed much.”

Also, for what it’s worth, the founder of Too Black Guys—the clothing line who made the shirt Drake’s wearing in the photos—said they had nothing to do with the blackface photoshoot.

“The photo in question was not from a Too Black Guys photoshoot however it did feature clothing from Too Black Guys’ JIM CROW COUTURE/HOUSE OF CROW collection which was released in 2008,” Adrian Aitcheson told Complex.

“The collection featured several graphics that highlighted the painful and dangerous period of the Jim Crow Era. Too Black Guys has a history of representing the black experience in an unapologetic way,” Aitcheson said. “Although this was not an image from any of our photoshoots, we feel that Drake, who is a long- time friend of the brand, was brilliantly illustrating the hypocrisy of the Jim Crow Era. The subtleties of Drake, a young black man, mimicking how white men used to mimic and dehumanize black people may be lost in a rap battle but we should not be distracted from the issues that are still affecting our communities.”

Now that we have an explanation for the blackface photos, we think it’s time for Drake to explain what’s going on with that alleged son of his and release a respnse to “The Story of Adidon.”

We’re waiting…

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Pusha T: Instagram Deleted the Drake Blackface Photo From My Page

Push T is calling out Instagram for deleting the cover of his “The Story of Adidon” Drake dis track from his page—which featured the Canadian rapper in full blackface.

Pusha’s brutal response to Drake’s “Duppy Freestyle” (his own response to Pusha’s “Infrared”) has been the talk of the Internet for the past 24 hours, not only because Pusha TEA (his new nickname, lol) called Drake out for being an alleged deadbeat daddy to his alleged son Adonis, but also because the G.O.O.D. Music president found and posted a photo of a young Drake in blackface.

However, apparently, Pusha T didn’t clear usage rights for the photo with the photographer, David Leyes, so Instagram deleted it from his page, according to a post Pusha shared Wednesday night.

However, the photographer, David Leyes, did not approve Pusha T’s use of the image, and so Instagram removed it, according to a post Push put up Wednesday.

“We’ve removed or disabled access to content that you posted on Instagram because a third party reported that the content infringes or otherwise violates their rights,” IG said to Pusha. “First time this has happened to me…” Pusha wrote on IG.

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The image and link to the original source are still live on Pusha’s Twitter, however.

In a now-deleted tweet, David Leyes apparently asked Pusha T’s manager Steven Victor to “get Push to take the Drake photo down asap,” but it doesn’t look like that’s going to be happening anytime soon, unless Twitter pulls an Instagram and does it themselves, of course. The picture has been removed from Leyes’ own website though.

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Former Florida Official Shot in the Head by Wife Over Google Search Dispute; Wife Charged With Attempted Murder

A dispute over a Google search has left former Florida official Tony Brown in critical condition after being shot in the back of the head by his wife.

Former Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency executive director Tony Brown, 58, was airlifted to UF Health Hospital on Tuesday (May 29). He is scheduled to have brain surgery on Thursday to remove bullet fragments.

Lawanda Brown, Tony’s wife, was arrested on Wednesday and charged with attempted murder. A judge set bond at $500,002. As of this writing, she remains held in Nassau County Jail.

“It was all a blur,” Lawanda described the shooting to investigators.

According to the 57-year-old, the confrontation began after Tony asked his wife to do a Google search for a template to use for a project the couple was working on. Lawanda says she didn’t like Tony’s tone and could tell that he was not happy with how she was conducting the search.

Authorities arrived at the couple’s Fernandina Beach home around 1:30 p.m. to find Tony lying in a pool of blood with a gunshot wound in the back of his head. Tony was walking away from Lawanda prior to being shot.

Police found a .38 caliber handgun in the couple’s bedroom.

Tony became Riviera Beach’s CRA director in 2010 but was fired in 2016, along with the CRA chairman, due to concerns with their leadership.

In 2001, President George W. Bush nominated Tony for a position in the U.S. Treasury Department. Prior to the nomination, Tony was a Senior Vice President for Bank of America in Jacksonville, Fla.

He’s now CEO of T. Brown Consulting Group, a consulting business he runs with his wife and alleged shooter, Lawanda. The two were working on a project together in their home office at the time of the incident.

A friend of the family says Tony is lucid and speaking, his condition was recently upgraded from critical to serious and stable. But brain surgery to remove bullet fragments is still needed.

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Pusha T Tells The Breakfast Club He Has No Regrets About Brutal Drake Diss Track and “There’s More Content” If Needed

Pusha T was playing no games with Drake when he released his brutal diss track “The Story of Adidon” Tuesday night (May 29). The rapper called into The Breakfast Club Wednesday morning and said he has no regrets going in on Drake and that he has more ammunition if needed.

Pusha spoke with Charlamagne, Angela Yee and DJ Envy early this morning (May 30) via phone to talk about “The Story of Adidon.” Pusha TEA went Ether-esque on Drake, spitting about his single mother, absentee father, and alleged secret baby with porn star Sophie Brussaux. And let’s not forget about the track’s shocking cover featuring Drake in blackface.

He told the radio hosts:

“I definitely didn’t go too far with anything, I’m here for the sport of it but when it gets personal, it gets personal. I’m not censoring myself but there’s more content if it’s needed later.”

LISTEN TO THE FULL 8-MINUTE INTERVIEW HERE:

The Bronx rapper dropped the diss after Drake mentioned Pusha fiancée’s name in Drake’s “Infrared” (a song from Pusha’s new album) response track, “Duppy Freestyle,” last week.

So, Push says “all bets are off” and titled his latest diss after Drake’s upcoming Adidas clothing line, Adidon. Push claims Drake was going to use the line to finally publicly acknowledge his son with Brussaux, whose name, Adonis, allegedly inspired the Adidas brand.

Charlamagne admitted that Push is up 2-1 and winning this rap battle. Drake hasn’t released a response yet, but it may be hard to record a comeback. “Let me tell y’all like this: I don’t got no skeletons. It is what it is,” Push said.

“Yeah. I’m not going to bully the situation because I think it’s bigger questions now, though, I really do. They don’t have to be answered to me but I definitely feel that they are bigger questions than the things I brought up.

“We talked about the writing or whatever, the ghostwriting allegations, alright cool, we’re off that. Now, you get to the mimicking of the black culture, the blackface. I’m not ready to excuse that. I’m not ready to excuse you talking multi-millionaire talk to me and you tucking a baby—I’m not with all of that.”

I guess we’ll all have to wait to see if the “Nice for What” rapper has anything to say in the coming days.

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Pusha T Says That Photo of Drake in Blackface Is 100% “REAL”

Pusha T says that photo of Drake in blackface he used for the cover of his “The Story of Adidon” diss track against the Canadian rapper is the real deal.

LISTEN: Pusha T Fires Back at Drake Diss With “The Story of Adidon” (NEW MUSIC)

“Please stop referring to this picture as ‘artwork,’ Pusha T wrote on Twitter. “I’m not an internet baby, I don’t edit images…this is a REAL picture…these are his truths, see for yourself.”

Further proving the authenticity of the blackface photo, Pusha T dropped a link to the portfolio of the photographer who took the photos, David Leyes. The page shows the photo Pusha T used for the Drake diss track cover, as well as another black-and-white photo, also showing Drake in blackface.

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Pusha T Fires Back at Drake Diss With “The Story of Adidon” (NEW MUSIC)

Days after Drake dropped his “Duppy Freestyle” Pusha T diss track, Pusha T has returned the favor with the release of his response to the song, his own diss track against Drizzy called “The Story of Adidon.”

UPDATE: Pusha T Says That Photo of Drake in Blackface Is 100% “REAL”

Rapping over JAY-Z’s “The Story of O.J.” beat, Pusha gets personal, calling out Drake’s parents, his biracial background, and his alleged love child “Adonis” with porn star Sophie Brussaux.

Here are some of the highlights:

“Your father walked away at 5, hell of a dad thing … Marriage is something that Sandy, never had, Drake / How you a winner, but she keeps coming in last place.”

“Confused, always thought you weren’t back enough / Afraid to grow it ’cause your ‘fro wouldn’t grow enough”

“Since you name dropped my fiancé, let ’em know who you chose as your Beyoncé / Sophie Knows Better, ask your baby mother / Cleaned her up for IG, but the stench is on her.”

“A baby’s involved, it’s deeper than rap / We talkin’ character, let me keep with the facts / You are hiding a child, let that boy come home / Deadbeat motherfucker playing border patrol / Adonis is your son and he deserves more than an adidas press run / Love that baby, respect that girl / Forget he’s a porn star, let her be your world.”

Listen to the hard-hitting diss track below:

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“Deadliest Catch” Star Blake Painter Dead at 38

Sad news for fans of the show “Deadliest Catch.” Blake Painter, one of the featured fisherman on the series, was found dead in his Oregon home. He was 38 years old.

According to TMZ, Painter—who appeared on the second and third seasons of the hit Discovery Channel show—had been deceased for days before police discovered his body at his home on Friday (May 25).

A friend of Painter’s had reportedly become concerned after not hearing from him for a few days, so he called the police to do a wellness check. After gaining entry into his home, they determined Painter had been dead for “several days.”

As of this writing, there was no reported cause of death for Painter, however, investigators found prescription pills at the scene.

Local law enforcement officials released a statement saying that they didn’t find any evidence of foul play, but they weren’t ruling out the possibility of suicide. Authorities said an autopsy and toxicology test will be done to determine Painter’s official cause of death.

Blake Painter, who was considered an expert crab fisherman, was the captain of the F/V Maverick boat on “Deadliest Catch.” He appeared in season 3 for several episodes before deciding to leave the show.

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It’s 9 Mag vs. Loyalty Ink in the “Black Ink Crew Chicago” Season 4 Super Trailer (VIDEO)

Issa whole lituation in the Black Ink Crew Chicago Season 4 super trailer!

After last season’s events, which saw the departure of Kat in the season 3 finale, Ryan is out of the tattoo game, and the rest of the crew is shocked to find out that Ryan has shut 9 Mag down.

“That family, that space, that sh*t is done,” Ryan tells Van in a one-on-one meeting. “9 Mag is no more! NO MORE!” Van shouts to the crew back at the shop.

In an effort to prove that he’s done with the drama, Ryan, with his girlfriend Rachel by his side, sets out on a mission to “reinvent” 9Mag, and his new shop has “space for six [new] artists.”

So where does that leave the old crew? Opening their own shop called “Loyalty Ink,” that’s where. And tensions run high when the old 9 Mag crew (aka the new “Loyalty Ink” crew) sees Ryan’s NEW 9 Mag crew at a tattoo convention.

Even Ceaser from “Black Ink Crew (New York)” was shocked to hear about the changes at 9 Mag. “You opening up a new 9 Mag?” he asks Ryan. “I don’t owe nobody over there sh*t,” Ryan responds. “I’ve seen this before,” says Ceaser, “I know how this story ends. Once you cross this line, ain’t no going back.”

Other highlights from the BICC Season 4 super trailer include Danielle burning Terrence’s sh*t, Ashley finding out Don cheated on her for the fifty-leventh time and fathered ANOTHER baby outside of their relationship, and Lily throwing hands with Danielle AND Charmaine.

It’s safe to say, Season 4 of “Black Ink Crew Chicago”—which premieres Wednesday night (May 30)—might be its most turnt yet.

Watch the super trailer up top.

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