Corey McGriff, known to fans as DJ Megatron, was a jack of all trades.
DJ Megatron was heard often over the radio airwaves, and he was seen in various television appearances or in an occasional movie role.
But the voice of the hip-hop celeb, whose star was rising with every movie role and TV appearance, was silenced when he was gunned down early yesterday in Staten Island, N.Y.
Police say the 32-year-old deejay was found dead with a gunshot wound to his chest. No arrests have been made.
"He was hustler. He was always working. He was doing a million and one things. He was a real nice guy. No one could say a bad word about him," said Radio One operations manager Colby Colb, who had hired McGriff as a radio personality here in Philadelphia.
As news of his death went viral, scores of fans and friends took to Facebook and Twitter to express their sadness, even anger, over his killing.
"How Dare They Kill D.J. Megatron He was Such a Good Person . . . laid him out on the street like he [was] some sort of dog," wrote a hip-hop blogger who goes by the screen name Progressa09.
"[H]e was a good dude . . . a real hard worker."
The former Philly radio personality began his career at New York's WKRS-FM, better known as Kiss FM, where deejays remembered him on the air and online yesterday.
He also worked at what was then Boston's Hot 97.7, WBOT-FM, and in 2003 worked at Philadelphia's The Beat, WPHI-FM.
For 18 months, McGriff commuted from New York to host the Philly show on the weekends. His drive paid off, Colb said.
"He had a following here," he said. "He came from the school of thought of 'always work, never sleep.' He always went above and beyond. He was very polished and did a good job."
Fellow record spinner and Philly native Justin Gaines, also known as DJ Omega, had worked with McGriff for a few years at the radio station.
He's "[probably] THE most talented DJ known to man," he wrote on his Twitter page.
In recent years, McGriff appeared on BET's popular music-countdown show "106 & Park," during which his "What's Good" spots took him onto the streets to ask bystanders about topics ranging from sports to "The Five Elements of Hip-Hop."
Viacom Inc.-owned BET said in a statement that it's saddened by his death.
McGriff also appeared with Philly rapper Beanie Sigel in the 2005 movie "State Property 2" and in the same year, "Blood of a Champion," with R&B singer Deborah Cox.
A father of three, McGriff also devoted time to charitable events on Staten Island, said his manager Justin Kirkland, known as J. Smoove.
"He never had a full-time job, but a bunch of part-time jobs," Colb said. "He wanted to expand his horizons."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.