1969 - 2012

Hip-Hop Performing Artist, Actor

The world has lost yet another great man. Patrick Wesley Cochrun, aka Pakelika "The Visual Assassin" passed away at the young age of 42 in Burbank, CA.  Pakelika was part of the "Kottonmouth Kings", a Cali-based pot-obsessed suburban hip-hop outfit with a fiercely loyal underground following, which first gained popularity in the late-'90s. The group had minor hits like “Suburban Life” and “Dog's Life.” The 6'7 Pakelika quickly became one of the rap group's standout members, an impressive feat considering he then refused to speak. He wore a mask, which he said was a statement against society's penchant to judge people based on their looks. Dubbed the group's “visual assassin,” he was unpredictable and in concert performed a self-styled brand of pop-locking he dubbed “hydro mechanix.” His show-stealing cameo in the group's “Bump” video effectively made him a star, as it became one of the most requested clips on viewer-controlled music channel The Box.  He was a dancer, actor, artist, creator, but most of all, he was a wonderful man kind, supportive, generous, loyal, and well-loved by his friends and fans. Patrick's mother said that because he was an organ donor, they were able to use many of his vital organs to save others lives! Including his lungs, his kidney's, liver, cornea's, and more where all in good enough shape to donate. Even though the world lost a great man, he was able to save many lives. His creation, execution, perfection & passion of Hydro-Mechanix will live on forever.

- From all at ACUITY ARTISTS