Jordan Alexander Groggs, also known as Stepa J. Groggs of the Tempe hip-hop trio Injury Reserve, died June 29 at the age of 32.
The group—which also featured rapper Ritchie With a T and producer Parker Corey—revealed the news on social media the following day. The cause of death has not yet been given.
“REST IN POWER Jordan Alexander Groggs a loving father, life partner and friend. (6/1/1988-6/29/2020),” a tweet reads.
The post was followed by a link to a GoFundMe to support his family. He is survived by his partner, Anna Ford, and four children Joey, Jayden, Toph and Ari. Together they lived in Chandler.
“I had no idea he had impacted so many people’s lives through his music,” Ford said in a message to The Entertainer! Magazine.
“Groggs’s heart has touched everyone he has come across. He will live on through his family, supporters, and the communities he was a part of,” a statement on the GoFundMe reads.
Ritchie with a T (Nathaniel Ritchie) took to Instagram to share, “REST IN POWER my brother I love you so much.”
Injury Reserve’s management did not respond to a request for additional comment by press time.
As a member of Injury Reserve, Groggs released numerous projects since the group formed in 2013. Among them are the mixtapes “Live from the Dentist Office” and “Floss” and the EP “Drive It Like It’s Stolen.”
The group released its self-titled debut album on Loma Vista last year, followed by a series of nonalbum cuts: “HPNGC,” “Hoodwinked,” “Waste Management” and “Rock n Roll.” Groggs most recently was featured on indie duo Jockstrap’s single “Robert” in June.
Fans and fellow musicians alike took to social media to share their condolences and remember Groggs, with some fans sharing images of the times they met him.
“We met Jordan when we played with Injury Reserve at Willamette in 2017,” a tweet from indie pop trio Kero Kero Bonito reads. “He was a memorably friendly and genuine person and with IR he made some of the best, most progressive hip hop in recent memory.”
Metalcore band Code Orange, with whom the group collaborated on the song “HPNGC,” tweeted, “Rest in Peace. all the love we have to you guys right now.”
Jockstrap also voiced thoughts via Twitter: “RIP Groggs. what a pleasure to have met you and toured with you. such a kind, gentle, funny and talented soul. We are honoured to have your verse on our record. Sending all our love and condolences to your children, family and friends.”
“RIP, this is too sad,” reads another tweet, from DJ/producer A-Trak. “Sending love.”
Experimental hip-hop trio clipping. called the news “Devastating.”