Popular D.J. CJ Jatala Suffers Stroke

Family Weighs Life Support Decision; Fund Setup to Help with Expenses


The family of CJ Jatala, a popular community DJ for TRAX Karaoke, and CEO of 3c Event & Entertainment, says he has suffered a stroke and family members are weighing heavily the decision of when to take him off life support, according to a Facebook post from Jatala’s sister, Loretta Grissom. Friends and fans were updated with the news Saturday night.

A CT scan revealed Jatala had developed a blood clot in his brain after suffering several strokes, according to the post. The family says they’ve been told that even if Jatala did wake up, he would not be the same, due to severe brain damage.

“CJ has an amazing heart and soul. Never knew a stranger, loved everyone,” Grissom said in a Facebook post. “Never knew a stranger, loved everyone. Never judged anyone for who they were. He loved to do karaoke for as long as I can remember. He is an amazing father.”

Jatala’s company 3c Event & Entertainment provides party decor services in the Nashville area. He had previously hosted karaoke and DJ’d at TRAX and former establishment Stirrup Nashville.

“My heart goes out to his family. It’s awful,” says former owner of Stirrup Nashville and current Pecker’s bartender Timmy Harkum. “CJ is such a great guy, always makes the most beautiful decorations. Everybody loves him.”

“He is one of the biggest reasons I became Sugar. He passed my name to Timmy and got me hired at Stirrup Nashville,” says Pecker’s drag queen Jason Walls, whose stage name is “Sugar”. “His kind words and gentle soul will always mean so much to me. Truly an amazing person and he will forever hold a special place in my heart.”

A link has been set up by Grissom to help with end of life expenses. Those wishing to donate can CLICK HERE.

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Brian Sullivan is a reporter for Out & About Nashville. He has served nearly 2 decades in the television industry, with over 20 years experience as a print and broadcast journalist. Sullivan is an Emmy Award Winning producer, writer, lobbyist, activist and marketing strategist. He is active in several campaigns raising awareness in addiction treatment, equality and mental healthcare. He received recognition as a Nashville Emerging Leader of the Year at the NELA Awards. He is an Executive Board Member of the Prevention Alliance of Tennessee, a member of DrugFree Wilco, the Williamson County Anti-Drug Coalition, the Memphis Area Prevention Alliance, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Facing Addiction, Fed Up!, the Nashville Chamber of Commerce, the Nashville LGBT Chamber of Commerce, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the Center for Nonprofit Management, Music City Theatre Company, LGBTQI Nashvillians of Faith, Covenant of the Cross Ministries, Human Rights Campaign, HRC Nashville, Team Friendly Tennessee, Tennessee Equality Project, Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition, Wilson County Anti-Drug Coalition, National Fraternal Order of Police, the Nashville Filmmakers Guild and is an ordained Minister. Sullivan is a proud donor of the Memphis Hope House, Nashville Cares, Covenant Cupboard Food Pantry, and Second Harvest Food Bank. He has worked extensively on projects with several major networks including Fox News Network, CNN, Time Magazine, Washington Post, New York Times, Inside Edition and Mic.


  1. Thank you for sharing and kind words. All these issues were do to a fatal car accident on june 8th. His body could not over come his fatal injuries. He is a dialysis patient prior to the accident as well.

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