Today, Hip Hop mourns the second loss of the year. Numerous reports were released that A Tribe Called Quest member, Phife Dawg, had passed away at the age of 45. Though it hasn’t been confirmed what the cause of death was, the rapper did have previous complication with a severe case of diabetes.

Phife Dawg will be incredibly missed.

Phife’s Family issues a statement:

We regret to share the news that on Tuesday March 22nd, 2016, Malik has passed away due to complications resulting from diabetes. Malik was our loving husband, father, brother and friend. We love him dearly. How he impacted all our lives will never be forgotten. His love for music and sports was only surpassed by his love of God and family.

His manager adds:

While I mourn the loss of my best friend and brother, I also will celebrate his incredible life and contribution to many people’s ears across the world. Even with all his success, I have never met a person as humble as he. He taught me that maintaining a positive attitude and outlook can conquer anything. Now my brother is resting in greatness. I’m honored to have crossed paths with him. Riddim Kidz 4eva.

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One of the most influential rappers on me and hip hop period! Rest In Peace Phife Dawg and thank you for the legacy you leave behind.

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Confirmed. rest in peace Phife. Man. I’m out.

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Phife-HipHop & Rap word Warrior, simple as that.Breathed it & lined rhyme into Sport.A true fire Social Narrator my bro #RIBeats ATCQforever


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