Snoop Dogg was as hardened as a rapper came when he hit the scene in the early 90’s with Death Row Records. The Doggfather is now a mature elder statesman in the scene. Snoop even hangs out with Martha Stewart on the regular.

A softer side has emerged as Snoop has grown and learned. Snoop Dogg has even taken on a role as a mentor through his youth football program. In 1992, nobody could have guessed what would become of the Gin and Juice star.

That soft side was shown recently as Snoop Dogg mourned his late uncle Reo Varnado. Varnado was a well-known restauranteur in Northeast Portland’s Hollywood District. Varando has appeared on television with Snoop’s buddy, Martha Stewart.

“Uncle. Reo. U will be missed. Thank u for loving me and the whole world u were a blessing”


Reo was featured on the 2002 song “Just Get Carried Away” by the Doggy Style All Stars which was produced and released by Snoop. Uncle Reo was well-known locally for singing with his Gospel group, The Beyonds. Many in the community will remember him for his delicious food and friendly personality.

Reo Varnado’s cause of death was not revealed. The restaurant owner did have a heart attack in 2000. Snoop will likely be thinking of his late uncle when he performs at this year’s Super Bowl halftime show. The entire staff at Thirsty is sending our thoughts and prayers to Snoop Dogg and the Varnado family.

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Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a news contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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