Rick James, the self-proclaimed “king of punk funk” whose brash, boisterous, self-destructive life epitomized the title of his greatest hit, ‘Super Freak,’ died on Friday (August 6) at his home near Universal City, California. According to Sgt. Catherine Plows, a Los Angeles Police Department spokeswoman, the 56-year-old Grammy Award-winning entertainer died of “a preexisting medical condition.” Capt. David Campbell, spokesman for the Los Angeles County coroner’s office, said the official cause of death is pending the results of a toxicology examination. Read more.