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A longtime friend and collaborator of Tupac‘s passed away this week.

On Monday night, Big Syke was found dead at his home in California, the Los Angeles Coroner’s office confirmed to Billboard. He was 48.

Syke is believed to have died from natural causes, even though an official autopsy has yet to be performed. No foul play is suspected.

Reports also indicate that Syke struggled immensely with obesity and had heart issues.

Syke, real name Tyruss Himes, met ‘Pac in 1992 and was featured on several prominent records, most notably “Picture Me Rollin’,” “Check Out Time” and “All Eyez on Me.”

The Inglewood rapper was also a member of the group Evil Mind Gangstas, which formed in 1990, and released several solo albums including 1996’s Be Yo’ Self, 2001’s Big Syke Daddy and 2002’s Big Syke.

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Thoughts and prayers to the Himes family.

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