By Jacob E. Osterhout / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
In April, the Daily News ran an article about aspiring rapper Jeffrey Perdomo, who at the age of 26 was battling his third round of cancer.
On June 25, Perdomo, who went by the name of Lazaruz or Laz, died at Mount Sinai Hospital due to complications from leukemia.
He is survived by his mother, Clara Encarnacion, his father, Luis, and his older brother, Joel.
Born in Washington Heights to a first-generation Dominican family, Perdomo initially fell in love with the music of his parents’ home country — bachata, salsa and merengue.
But, thanks to his brother’s influence, his attention quickly turned to hip hop, much to the chagrin of his mother.
“My mom didn’t like hip hop and would throw the tapes out the window,” Perdomo told The News in his last interview, “which is funny because now she is my biggest fan.”