The Late Rap Icon Eazy-E Might Have Been "Promiscuous," but He Was Only Married Once


Nov. 21 2023, Updated 12:52 p.m. ET

Eazy-E taking a portrait with a gray background.
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The Gist:

  • Eazy-E was said to have been involved with several different women at the same time.
  • The rapper was known to have “multiple girlfriends” and fathered 11 kids.
  • Despite this, Eazy-E only married once, to Tomica Woods-Wright in 1995.
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We TV’s The Mysterious Death of Eazy-E dug into the conspiracies surrounding the AIDS-related death of West Coast rapper Eazy-E (real name: Eric Lynn Wright) in 1995. “I have never believed the official story of my father’s death,” his daughter Ebie says in the four-part limited series. “And I’m afraid of what that might be. For many years, my mom and I have been fighting to know exactly what happened.”

While the We TV docuseries investigated the rap icon’s death, many fans of the N.W.A. founding member grew curious to learn more about Eazy-E’s personal life. For starters, who was his wife? Is she the mother of Ebie, who is featured in The Mysterious Death of Eazy-E? Keep reading for answers.

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Eazy-E's daughter Ebie and ex, Tracy Jernagin
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Eazy-E's daughter Ebie and ex girlfriend, Tracy Jernagin

Eazy-E was romantically involved with several different women, but only married once.

In the docuseries, Ebie mentions that her mother, Tracy Jernagin, and she have long been trying to get to the bottom of Eazy-E’s death. Audiences then get to hear from Tracy. “Something just did not seem right,” Eazy-E’s ex says. “He died unusually fast. He did not lose weight, he was not a drug abuser; it’s like, one day, he’s fine, the next day, he’s dying.”

Ebie and Tracy executive-produced the series along with nine others to try to find closure around Eazy-E’s death, but Tracy and the gangsta rapper were never actually married.

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Eazy-E’s manager and Ruthless Records co-founder, Jerry Heller, said that the rapper was known to have “multiple girlfriends” and fathered 11 kids in his short 30-year life. “I listened to him talk to his multiple lovers on the phone, one after another,” Jerry recalls in his 2006 Ruthless, a Memoir, per The Washington Post. “Women were his Achilles’ heel. I couldn’t believe that a guy with so few other weaknesses indulged himself in such a huge one.”

Following the publication of his memoir, Jerry sat back down with The Washington Post to discuss the feud between Suge Knight and Eazy-E, which many allege ties in directly to the rapper’s quick and untimely death. In his interview, Jerry also explains that his friend “was very promiscuous.” “He had, I think, 11 children with eight different women,” Jerry said. “Two of the children, I think, [were born] after he [died].” Jerry later admitted that “no one really knows for sure how many children he had.”

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So, who is Eazy-E's ex-wife? She controls Ruthless Records.

Eazy-E ultimately did marry Tomica Woods, whom he met at a nightclub in 1991, just 12 days before his death in 1995. Tomica is the mother to two of Eazy-E’s kids: son Dominick and daughter Daijah, who was born six months after his death from AIDS-induced pneumonia.

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After Eazy-E passed, Ruthless Records was taken over by his widow Tomica, who then made headlines in 2017 when she sued her stepson, Eric Darnell Wright (aka Lil Eazy-E), for trademark infringement over the use of the names Ruthless Records and N.W.A.

According to the lawsuit, Eric allegedly formed a corporation called NWA-LLC and tried to obtain a trademark for "Ruthless Records Inc.," which was rejected by the U.S. Patent office for being "confusingly similar" to his father's Ruthless Records.

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The suit, according to Rolling Stone, also pointed out that Ruthless Records Inc. used "intentionally false and misleading" language in their promotions. For example, it accuses Eric and his partner of describing their company as "founded by legendary gangsta rap artist Eazy-E," and stating on their website that Ruthless Records Inc had "signed artists under NWA Entertainment."

In 2018, the suit was settled, per The Wrap, and, Lil Eazy-E was given the rights to use "the name and mark 'Rich & Ruthless.'"

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Did Eazy-E's wife die?

Tomica has done such a good job at keeping a low profile that many people are now questioning whether the late rapper's wife had died. While there has been no report of such news, Tomica's name was brought up during a November 2023 interview with Suge Knight. During the Nov. 19 episode of the Collect Call podcast, Dave Mays spoke with the incarcerated record mogul about Tomica's role in what would have been a profitable deal between Eazy-E and Dr. Dre.

Suge claims Tomica terminated a deal between Eazy-E and Dr. Dre that would permit him to get "a dollar off of anything that Dre does or sells," be it music or merchandise. However, Tomica reportedly opted for a deal with Interscope in which the record label reportedly promised to conduct business with the widow and Ruthless Records in the future. Sadly, Suge says it never amounted into anything.

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