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Phife Dawg’s Family Releases A Statement Regarding His Passing

The Hip Hop community is still coming to grips with Phife Dawg‘s sudden death.

On Wednesday afternoon, his family released an official statement saying the legendary rapper and sports enthusiast passed away due to complications resulting from diabetes.

Legendary Rapper Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest Passes Away At 45

Read the statement below:

The family of A Tribe Called Quest member, Phife, also known as Malik I. Taylor, has released a statement announcing that he has died, aged 45. “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.”

DJ Rasta Root, 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.

Please uplift the Taylor family in prayer.

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