UPDATE: Phife Dawg's family just released a statement on the rapper's death, which you can read 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." 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.
Read the original story below.
Legendary MC and A Tribe Called Quest co-founder Phife Dawg has passed away at the age of 45. The cause of his death is currently unknown. He suffered from a number of health issues, including type 1 diabetes, and in 2008 underwent a kidney transplant due to diabetes complications. The news first broke on Twitter when DJ and producer by Chuck Chillout tweeted it late last night, and Rolling Stone later confirmed his passing.
As the news broke, the hip-hop community shared their thoughts and prayers for Phife and his family and began to mourn the loss of yet another hip-hop legend. The Queens native rose to fame with Q-Tip when they formed A Tribe Called Quest in 1988 alongside Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Jarobi White and released their classic debut album, People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm, in 1990. They followed their debut up with yet another classic, The Low End Theory, in 1991, and later went on to release three more albums as a group. Phife also released one solo album, Ventilation: Da LP, in 2000.
A Tribe Called Quest last performed together on The Tonight Show with the Roots in 2015, which was actually their first television performance in a number of years. You can check out the reaction from the hip-hop community below, and we'll continue to update this story as more details come out.
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