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Today we lose another member of the Classic Hip Hop family. Phife Dawg, one of the most influential emcees, a member of the Native Tongues and the group A Tribe Called Quest, has died.

Malik Isaac Taylor was 45 years old. The “Five-Foot Assassin” has been battling Type-I diabetes, which he developed in 1990.

The sad news was posted by DJ Chuck Chillout on Twitter just after 1 a.m. eastern time this morning (March 23).

The news of his death was also confirmed by several veteran Hip Hop artists, including Aesop Rock, Chuck D and El-P, who have taken to social media to express their condolences, as well.

 

No details surrounding his exact cause of death have yet been reveled. We will update you as this story continues to develop.

 

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