Wednesday, March 23, 2016

R.I.P. Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest

I was at a lost for words before i was able to make this post. According to a chilling Twitter post, it's upsetting to find out that Malik Taylor, commonly known as Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest has passed away at the age of 45. Chuck Chillout had made the post about this around 1 a.m. this morning. (March 23). Phife has been battling his health since early adulthood, fighting Type-I diabetes. He developed the illness back in 1990.

It has been confirmed by many hip-hop artists on twitter such as Statik Selektah, Aesop Rock, Chuck D and El-P, who have taken to social media to express their condolences, as well.

A Tribe Called Quest is one of the golden ages well respected groups by an extrordinary number of fans around the world. No details surrounding his exact cause of death have yet been reveled. We will always remember you Phife and the legacy that you've left behind. You will be missed.

UPDATE: Here’s the official statement from Phife’s family:
“We regret to share the news that on Tuesday March 22nd, 2016, Malik has passed away due to complications resulting from diabetes.
Malik was our loving husband, father, brother and friend. We love him dearly. How he impacted all our lives will never be forgotten. His love for music and sports was only surpassed by his love of God and family.”
Dion Liverpool, his manager adds, “While I mourn the loss of my best friend and brother, I also will celebrate his incredible life and contribution to many people’s ears across the world. Even with all his success, I have never met a person as humble as he. He taught me that maintaining a positive attitude and outlook can conquer anything. Now my brother is resting in greatness. I’m honored to have crossed paths with him. Riddim Kidz 4eva.” 
          The family asks that their privacy be respected at this difficult time.


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