Prayers & Positive Thoughts Urged for DJ Pam The Funkstress Who "Is in ICU, fighting for her life" According To Boots Riley of The Coup

Posted by Billyjam, November 16, 2017 06:54pm | Post a Comment

This past Sunday afternoon Pam “The Funkstress” Warren posted a short cryptic Facebook status update that caused concern among friends and fans of the ever-active longtime Bay Area DJ who first came to fame two and half decades ago as member of Oakland based political hip-hop crew The Coup (with Boots Riley and E-Roc). Pam's short but unsettling social media update simply read: “Due to unforeseen health issues I am forced to cancel all gigs until further notice. Thank you for understanding. Love you all.”

Among those gig cancellations by the busy popular DJ, known to many as Purple Pam ever since she was chosen to be Prince's last tour DJ, included an anticipated Prince themed DJ night tomorrow (Nov 17th) at Berkeley’s 44 Restaurant, Bar & Lounge and such other upcoming gigs as a benefit for the LoveLife Foundation at Yoshi’s in Oakland on November 27th.

The countless friends and fans of the universally liked and multi-talented woman, who as a gifted cook for years has run the successful Piccadilly catering business, were understandably concerned and wondered what exactly was going on with Pam and her sudden "health issues." By Tuesday of this week an answer (of sorts) came from longtime industry friend of Pam’s, Alex Mejia. The LA based Oakland native, who initially got to know Pam back when he worked at KMEL radio in San Francisco back in the 80's/90's, posted a disconcerting follow-up on Facebook via text and photo. With the hashtag #PRAY4PAM he encouraged people to “pray for Pam,” stating that she was “in critically ill condition” but "in a good Hospital with excellent care.” 

Mejia's Facebook post led to hundreds of shares and ten times as many sympathetic comments wishing Pam a speedy recovery and good luck in her battle for health. Then earlier today Pam's old friend / fellow member of The Coup, Boots Riley posted on social media that, “Pam The Funkstress is in ICU, fighting for her life,” adding that, “She's stubborn, strong, and a fighter- but could use your thoughts, love, and well wishes in any way you see fit.” 

Concerned and curious as to the details on Pam's exact type of medical issue and to what hospital she is in, earlier today I reached out to ask Alex Mejia who, of all Pam's friends, is apparently the closest one in touch with the hospitalized DJ. Via online messaging late this afternoon Mejia got back to me to say that just last night Pam’s family had explicitly requested that he “stay silent for the next 24 to 48 hours regarding saying any specific details” on Pam's condition. But, as he had in his initial Facebook posting of two days ago, he again advised to “pray big” for Pam whose birthday coincidentally is tomorrow (November 17th).

Not just a longtime regular crate digger at Amoeba Music, Pam The Funkstress is also like an extended family member as she has been such a frequent performer over the years at Amoeba's three stores. Just five months ago, back on June 7th, she was the special guest DJ for Prince Day at Amoeba Berkeley.  Seven years ago in November 2010 Pam was among the special invited performers who helped celebrate Amoeba Berkeley's 20th anniversary. Two years ago, in April 2015, at the same East Bay Amoeba during Record Store Day, she spun as part of a special edition of the 45 Sessions with DJ Platurn and DJ Enki. The photo of Pam atop this article is from that set, while the photo immediately below of the renowned female turntablist was taken back in April 2006 during an in-store by The Coup at Amoeba Hollywood. Meanwhile the photo to the right of Pam is from her April 2017 Record Store Day set at Amoeba San Francisco.

Watch this space for updates on Pam's health and in the meantime follow both Boots Riley's and Alex Mejia's combined advice in sending prayers and/or positive thoughts of love her way.

UPDATE EDIT on Saturday Nov 18th
a little after 7pm (Pacific time) good news posted on social media regarding Pam's status, stating that "she had a successful surgery and is on her way to recovery" and that she and her family, "want to thank everyone for their prayers and concern."

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