Malik Taylor AKA Phife Dawg of the rap group ‘A Tribe Called Quest’ is dead at 45, Rolling Stone reports.
His cause of death is yet to be revealed, but sources speculate his passing may be associated with his ongoing battle with Type 1 diabetes.
Last November, Phife Dawg spoke out about his health issues:
“I am in a good spot, but I have my good days and I have my bad days. But I’m more or less in a good spot, so I can’t really complain,” he told Rolling Stone.
The artist had two projects in development–one being a J.-Dilla produced EP titled “Nutshell,” the other his new LP Muttymorphosis, based on his life story.
Public Enemy’s Chuck D and actor Marlon Wayans were just some of the celebrities that took to social media to express their condolences:
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Phife didawg… #RIP fam love you brother. You left the world with jewels man. My childhood plays out like a long ass tribe called quest album. Y'all are my friends my peers my comrades my brothers … I don't know what to say except… Damn. Rest well my nig. #lowendtheory #nowheresafunkyintroductionofhowniceiam…
Our hearts go out to his loved ones and friends in their time of grief.