Alexander "A.J." Fimbres, known by his hip-hop stage name Whyte Rekluse, died early Wednesday morning after suffering a scooter accident on April 20. He was 28.
Fimbres was a regular at The Firehouse Gallery's variety show, Firestage, as well as other hip-hop- and performance-based shows around the Valley. According to 56th Street Records top man Mike Red, Fimbres was preparing to enter the studio to release his first album.
"I thought his stuff was really cool. He came from a more hardcore place in life in Oakland, but he was a cool kid," Red says. "He had a day job and a girlfriend, and I was just about to start recording him. His best friend Chris told me I had become really important to him over the past few months because I was willing to help him out and record him, and that's what tears me up the most. I was really looking forward to working with him."
Fimbres was announced dead at 7:04 a.m. Wednesday morning at Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center, following a Vespa accident on his way from work on April 20, around 4 p.m. After the accident, Fimbres fell into a coma, says Christopher Henderson, who says he was Fimbre's best friend. According to Henderson, the accident happened near the intersection of Greenfield Road and University Drive in Mesa.
"It honestly makes me feel that I'm never going to give up making his album a reality," Henderson says. "He has albums recorded already. Whyte Rekluse was a rapper since he was a young kid, since he was 6 years old. I'm not going to give up; my whole thing is going to be to try to work with his mom to get his shit out there. Because his physical body left this place, but his music will live on, he deserves that, to honor him."
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