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Wednesday morning, Hip-Hop lost an icon. Malik Taylor AKA Phife Dawg the founder of A Tribe Called Quest passed away, leaving the music world in shock and awe.

While the cause of his death has yet to be revealed, the lyricist had a longtime battle with Type 1 diabetes and even underwent a kidney transplant in 2008.

Last November, Phife Dawg spoke out about his health issues. “It’s really a sickness,” he said in a 2011 documentary. “Like straight-up drugs. I’m addicted to sugar.”

Public Enemy’s Chuck D and actress Kerry Washington were just some of the celebrities that took to social media to express their condolences:


RIP to the “five foot freak.” Team Beautiful sends their condolences to Phife’s family and friends at this time.



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