Sharon Benjamin-Hodo, 58, mother of rapper Andre 3000
By MESFIN FEKADU AP Music Writer May 30, 2013 2:14AM
FILE - This Nov. 13, 2012 file photo shows musician and actor Andre Benjamin, better known as Andre 3000, during a promotional event for Gillette in New York. Benjamin will star as rock legend Jimi Hendrix in the film, "All is By My Side," set for release in 2013. Andre 3000's mother Sharon Benjamin-Hodo passed away in her sleep early Tuesday, May 28, 2013, at her home in Rex, Ga., a representative for the rapper said Wednesday. She was 58. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, file)
Updated: July 2, 2013 7:21AM
NEW YORK — Andre 3000’s mother died in her sleep early Tuesday at her Georgia home, a representative for the rapper at the firm Sunshine Sachs said Wednesday. Sharon Benjamin-Hodo was 58.
She died in Rex, Ga. No other details were provided.
Ms. Benjamin-Hodo was the founder of The Starlight Camp, a program that supports underprivileged children. It is part of the New Morning Light Missionary Baptist Church in Conley, Ga. She is survived by her husband, Robert Hodo, who is the church’s pastor.
Andre 3000 was born Andre Lauren Benjamin. He turned 38 on Monday.
He is one-half of the Grammy-winning hip-hop duo OutKast and has appeared in several films. He will play Jimi Hendrix in the biopic “All Is by My Side,” due out this year.