We’re sad to report the loss of a member of Ottawa’s rap scene, and a fan favourite on the Canadian battle circuit. Alexander “Bender” Buchanan, a former KOTD champion and member of the group Flight Distance, has passed away.
He was an MC, a producer, an accomplished artist, and a beloved member of the hip-hop community. So far there are limited details circulating regarding the tragic loss, but KOTD has already posted a tribute (below) to their former champ.
Here is a statement released by KOTD:
“RIP Bender. The KOTD family feels incomplete today. We are deeply saddened to inform the battle community of a giant loss to the scene. Today we lost not only a talented battler but a loving son and brother. Bender made his mark as King of the Dot Champion and a writer ahead of his time. Everything from his paintings to his novels spoke volumes to his creative skillset. His history has touched countless lives and left a permanent footprint on artists everywhere. Let’s take this time to celebrate his legacy and reflect on his involvement in the the art form we have grown to love. ‘Sorry Player’ will forever be a staple in the hearts of battle fans and his memory will continue to captivate audiences worldwide. We love you man. Thank you for allowing us to be part of your journey.”
Rest In Peace, Bender
We’ve posted some of Bender’s video below, via the KOTD YouTube channel.
“11/12 was the goldern era of battle rap. Now its about reaching and coming half prepared. This has to be KOTD top 5 battles.” – Cirby Shottas
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