Eazy-E’s Daughter Intends To Prove Her Father Was Murdered, In A Documentary (Video)
It has been more than 21 years since Gangsta Rap pioneer Eric “Eazy-E” Wright passed away. In March of 1995, the public learned that the founder of N.W.A. and Ruthless Records had AIDS. Three weeks later, on March 26, Eazy was dead. Close associates have recalled that the Compton, California mogul and artist had what was believed to be a cold while promoting the label and Bone Thugs-n-Harmony in New York City, shortly before he died. This is the same trip where Wright would reunite with Ice Cube for one night in The Tunnel nightclub. As doctors would later diagnose, Eazy had weakened his already depleted immune system (unbeknownst to him), leading to his eventual death.
Ebie (f/k/a Erin) Wright is one of Eazy’s several children. Now a filmmaker, Ebie wants to further investigate her father’s death through a documentary. She is crowd-funding a film, Ruthless Scandal: No More Lies. In a video to raise funds, Wright calls this “a life mission,” citing that she’s spent half her life “searching for answers behind my father’s unusual and untimely death.” Ebie’s mother (and longtime Eazy companion and former Ruthless employee) Tracy Jernagin and sister Erica Wright are also producing the film.
Speaking on the thesis of the doc, Ebie Wright begins, “I know you’re all thinking: ‘Didn’t Eazy-E die of AIDS? So what scandal is there?’ Well, if he did die of AIDS, why was there so much coverup surrounding the details of his death? So let me break this down for you: my father was diagnosed with AIDS three weeks before he died.” She details her beliefs of what transpired, “He was immediately isolated in the hospital, away from all of his friends and family. Soon after, his attorney of only two months draws up my dad’s living trust while on his deathbed. Two days later, a secret marriage took place [between Eazy-E and Tomica Woods]. During the following week, my dad’s entire estate was being looted while he was in a coma. On March 26, 1995—three weeks after being diagnosed with AIDS, he was dead. And one person walked away with everything.”
The trailer plays clips from Eazy’s longtime business partner Jerry Heller as well as members of Bone Thugs-n-Harmony. Heller, who worked at Macola Records which distributed N.W.A.’s earliest material, worked with Eazy from 1986 until just before the rapper’s death. At 2:15 in the reel, an interview with Jerry is played. “Do I think that something fishy happened to Eazy? Absolutely. I don’t believe for a second that someone who had as much money as we did, could afford [care and treatment] like Magic Johnson could afford it—who doesn’t even test positive anymore. I don’t believe that he could’ve possibly died that quickly from full-blown AIDS. I don’t believe it!.” Last month Jerry Heller passed away at the age of 75.
Ebie continues, “I don’t believe it is just as simple as ‘my father had AIDS and died.’ There is definitely something very fishy about it. I really just [believe that] my dad was murdered. And apparently, I’m not the only one who believes this.” Here, Eazy’s daughter speaks to the litany of online conspiracy theories surrounding Eazy’s diagnosis and death. “Everybody has come to their conclusions without the facts that this documentary is going to reveal.” DJ Quik, who worked closely with Ruthless Records, appears in the trailer to show his support of Ebie Wright. Additionally, Bone Thugs have offered a night out with them as a reward for significant donors. “Many of my father’s closest friends who have never spoken before have decided to break their silence and do exclusive interviews—but will only do so with me.”
The film has a $250,000 goal. Other prizes include Eazy-E merchandise and some rare memorabilia.
In the footage used to raise money for the film, a 2003 appearance by Suge Knight on Jimmy Kimmel Live! is included. With cigar in hand, Knight explained how sometimes people are jabbed with syringes filled with HIV-positive blood as a weapon. The fellow Compton native then laughed, and alluded to Eazy-E. Knight, a former bodyguard for N.W.A. and The D.O.C. (before becoming a manager for the latter) allegedly coerced Eazy to release the contracts of Dr. Dre, Michel’le, and The D.O.C. to form Death Row Records.
Eazy’s widow, Tomica Woods-Wright has operated Ruthless Records since Eazy-E’s death. She was a producer, along with Dr. Dre and Ice Cube, of 2015 theatrical film Straight Outta Compton.