De La Soul's Trugoy Dead at 54

Trugoy, who is one third of De La Soul, has died. Reports say the Native Tongues member passed away at the age of 54. Trugoy was remembered by fans and peers.

This is a photo of De La Soul.

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This is a photo of De La Soul.

David Jolicoeur a.k.a. Trugoy, one third of influential New York rap group De La Soul, has passed away at the age of 54.

The news was first reported by AllHipHop and The Grio. A representative for De La Soul confirmed Trugoy’s passing to Complex. A cause of death has not been revealed. A statement from the group is forthcoming. 

The hip-hop community reacted with great sadness.

Rest In Peace Trugoy aka Plug 2
Damn Dave...

— Consequence (@ItsTheCons) February 12, 2023

Incredibly heart wrenching news.
Rest in power Dave aka Trugoy the Dove. Deepest condolences to Posdnous, Maseo, & his family 🙏🏽🕊

— DJSemtex (@DJSemtex) February 12, 2023

shattered at the news that Trugoy passed away. as many times as I've said it there's still no way to adequately describe how much De La Soul's music and existence means to me. my heart goes out to Posdnous, Mase and all of their families. what a fucking enormous loss.

— open michael eagle (@Mike_Eagle) February 12, 2023

De La Soul forever.

— Phonte (@phontigallo) February 12, 2023

Ahhh man Rest In Peace Trugoy the Dove 😢😢 one of Long Island’s greats. Innovator game changer Legend. Made beautiful music

De La Soul - Plug 2 #HipHop #King #GoldenEra

— R.A. the Rugged Man (@RAtheRuggedMan) February 12, 2023

Rest in Peace Trugoy the Dove aka Plug Two of De La Soul 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾

— Crook Belafonte (@CrookedIntriago) February 12, 2023

DJ Prince Paul, who collaborated with De La Soul on three albums, shared some words on Trugoy’s death.

You have no idea how much pain in this last year . Dave love you bro ❤️ a blessing we got a chance to unite again .Divine power . Literally no words anymore 😪. De la soul forever 🙏🏽

— DJ Prince Paul (@DJPrincePaul) February 12, 2023

For the past several years, De La Soul has been in the news surrounding the ownership of their masters. In 2021, Reservoir acquired the famed hip-hop and electronic music label Tommy Boy for around $100 million. The deal compromises more than 6,000 masters, including recordings from Coolio, Queen Latifah, Naughty By Nature, House of Pain, and De La Soul.

The deal allowed for the trio to make the announcement in 2023 that their first six albums—including the groundbreaking 3 Feet High and Rising—are finally coming to streaming services. The group began to rollout singles “The Magic Number” and “Eye Know” in anticipation of their full catalog being released on March 3, 2023.

At this year’s Grammy Awards, Posdnuos performed “Buddy” as part of the 15-minute medley spanning decades to celebrate hip-hop turning 50 in August.

Trugoy, known by many as Plug 2, was very open about his health problems and detailed his fight with congestive heart failure. “I’m ready to just get back to the stage,” he said in the opening video for “Royalty Capes.” “I love traveling. I love being around my guys and I want that back.”

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