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It was a sad day yesterday when the news of Ms. Melodie’s death surfaced. The Boogie Down Productions rapper died in her sleep at age 43.

The cause of death hasn’t been made known to the public yet. Ms. Melodie was the ex-wife of legendary MC KRS-ONEand was a member of Boogie Down Productions.

Ms. Melodie released her first single in 1988 called “Hype According to Ms. Melodie” and one album, Diva in 1989 on Jive Records.  Her video “Live On Stage” was one of her biggest hits and she made a memorable appearance on the 1989 single “Self Destruction,” and has a cameo in Queen Latifah’s classic video “Ladies First.”

Ms Melodie was a native of Brooklyn, NY and  is survived by two sons.

BDP member D-Nice said:

“I had a pleasant conversation w/ Ms. Melodie a month ago. The last thing she said me to me was ‘I’m proud of you.’ The love we all had for each other was genuine. Along the way, some of us lost focus. The love in my heart remained. Scott La Rock, KRS-One, D-Nice, Ms Melodie, & the rest of the BDP crew will always be a part of hip-hip history.”

Several other celebrities expressed their condolences:

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