Family announces death of Reo Varnado, owner of Reo's Ribs

Varnado was a mainstay in the Portland restaurant scene and the uncle of rapper Snoop Dogg.

PORTLAND, Ore. — Reo Varnado, owner of Portland restaurant Reo’s Ribs and uncle of rapper Snoop Dogg, died on Friday night, according to his family.

Varnado’s brother, Ricky Varnado, posted a Facebook message on Saturday morning announcing that his brother had died the night before. The cause of death was not specified.

Snoop Dogg, who made multiple visits to Reo’s Ribs over the years and repeatedly posted about the restaurant on social media, added a message on Instagram on Sunday with a picture of himself and Varnado.

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