Veteran Brooklyn rapper Sean Price has reportedly passed away at the age of 43. Memories and condolences have started flooding Twitter, though details surrounding Price's passing are currently unknown. Price rose to prominence as a member of Heltah Skeltah, then known by his stage name Ruck. Their debut album Nocturnal was an instant classic, thrusting mid-90s hip-hop forward through its masterful lyricism and an inimitable personality. Price's most recent full-length album, Mic Tyson, was released in 2012. Price remained a constant and viable force in hip-hop well beyond his years with Heltah Skeltah and the Boot Camp Clik, most recently teasing work on a new mixtape entitled Songs in the Key of Price.
Shortly after news of Price's passing broke, Duck Down Music released the following statement:
It is with beyond a heavy heart that Duck Down Music is sadly confirming that Sean Price passed away early this morning in his Brooklyn apartment, Saturday, August 8th, 2015. The cause of death is currently unknown, but it was reported that he died in his sleep. He’s survived by his wife, and his three children.
Sean Price, who turned 43 in March of this year, was a beloved rap artist. He was 1/2 of the group Heltah Skeltah, a key member of the Boot Camp Clik, and a successful solo artist, known simply as Sean Price.
Sean's family and friends are asking for time to grieve and process the news. Further details will be issued when more information is available.
Rest in peace, Sean.