Rapper Malik Taylor, also known as Phife Dawg, died yesterday at the age of 45 from complications of diabetes yesterday afternoon. One of the founding members of A Tribe Called Quest Phife Dawg was a legendary name in the rap industry. Although he had been struggling with his type 1 diabetes for years, no one was prepared for him to lose the fight to it.
Many celebrities mourned the loss via Twitter when news broke of the death.
- "Phife-HipHop & Rap word Warrior, simple as that.Breathed it & lined rhyme into Sport.A true fire Social Narrator my bro #RIBeats ATCQforever" - (MrChuckD)
- "A pioneer of hip hop has left us. Rest in peace, Phife." - (@Elijahwood)
- "Phife lives through an all inspiring body of work; Pure and smart, MUSICAL and fun!! Why I fell for Hip Hop. He is loved. Tribe is loved." - (missjuliascott)
- "RIP Phife. "Microphone check 1-2 what is this. The five foot assassin with the ruff neck business" - (DariusRucker)
RIP Phife Dawg, you will be forever missed.