The news of Phife Dawg’s death at just 45 years old is absolutely devastating, and the hip-hop community has come together to mourn him on social media. Read what stars like Big Sean, Nick Cannon and more have written in memory of the late rapper.
Phife Dawg’s sudden death has rocked the rap community, and celebs are sharing their devastation over the news on Twitter and Instagram. The 45-year-old rapper died on March 23 after a longtime battle with diabetes (whether Type-1 or Type-2 disputed), and we’ve rounded up some tweets in his memory. Check ’em out here!
The rapper’s band, A Tribe Called Quest, is recognized as one of the most influential rap groups of the 90s, paving the way for some of the biggest artists we know and love today. “Phife Dawg made some of the most beloved hip hop ever,” Mark Ronson tweeted. “It’s so sad that he’s gone. I’d have gone to every reunion show until the end of time.”
A Tribe Called Quest was formed in 1985, and had 13 great years together before they dismantled in 1998. However, they’ve reunited several times, most recently in Nov. 2015 for an appearance on The Tonight Show.
Phife’s health has been up and down since he was diagnosed with diabetes in 1990 (unknown which type), and he received a kidney transplant to help fight the disease in 2008. Last year, he admitted to still having both good “and bad” days, but was positive about the future, with plans to release a solo LP in 2016.
It has not been confirmed if battling diabetes caused Phife’s death, but regardless, the news of this loss is beyond tragic. Read what stars are saying to mourn the rapper here:
Rest in Peace Phife Dawg
— Big Sean (@BigSean) March 23, 2016
Breaking my heart reading Twitter today. Everyone I follow is united by love for #PhifeDawg
— DJ Yoda (@DJYodaUK) March 23, 2016
Phife Dawg made some of the most beloved hip hop ever. It's so sad that he's gone. I'd have gone to every reunion show till the end of time.
— Mark Ronson (@MarkRonson) March 23, 2016
— SWIZZ BEATZ (@THEREALSWIZZZ) March 23, 2016
— Nick Cannon (@NickCannon) March 23, 2016
RIP to the one and only Phife Dawg. Very sad. pic.twitter.com/NSyNAsWjzj
— Aesop Rock (@AesopRockWins) March 23, 2016
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