Early Tuesday morning (Feb. 25), Rhondo Robinson, son of pioneering hip-hop executive Sylvia Robinson, passed away at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center in New Jersey. According to family spokesman Greg Walker, Rhondo's cause of death was multiple organ dysfunction syndrome. He was 43.

Along with her husband Joe Robinson, Sylvia founded Sugar Hill Records in 1979 and is credited with ushering hip-hop into the mainstream during its infancy. She passed away in 2011 at the age of 75. Rhondo, the youngest of Sylvia's three sons, would follow in her footsteps to become vice president of Sugar Hill Music. His main duties included handling the royalties and music publishing for the label. "It’s just shocking to the family. … We’re devastated," Rhondo's brother Joseph Robinson Jr. said. 

Our condolences go out to the Robinson family.

[via North Jersey]

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