Joseph Calleja, a.k.a. Joe C, Kid Rock's mini rapping sidekick,
died in his sleep last night at home in Taylor, Michigan. Calleja had faced a
lifetime illness, celiac disease, a digestive disorder. The disease forced Calleja to be
monitored nightly by machine, as well as take upwards of 60 pills daily. Kid Rock
issued a statement, which in part read, "Family and friends are everything. Without them,
all of the fame and fortune means nothing... Joey gave us and the world his love.
He brought a smile to everyone who has ever known or seen him."
Kid Rock continued on to say,
"In a world full of confusion, Joey made all of us laugh. No matter what color,
religion, race, or beliefs we
have, he made us all smile." Kid Rock has this parting word for his close friend and
bandmate: "He gave us the gift of joy. Joey, thank you. We will never forget you.
We love you." Joseph Calleja was 26.