Kangol Kid, a co-founder of the legendary Brooklyn hip-hop group U.T.F.O., passed away early Saturday after a battle with colon cancer. He was 55.

Veteran New York City promoter Van Silk confirmed the news in a text message to HipHopDX. “RIP KANGOL KID,” he wrote. “He passed at 3:02 a.m. My prayers go out to my brother who fought a battle of colon cancer at Stage 4.”

Van Silk continued, “Early on, we discussed our fight with this disease because my fight with colon cancer is stage 2. He told me it had spread in October. I encourage all to get your prostate and colon checked. May my brother Kangol Rest In Heaven.”

The news arrives less than ten months after Kangol Kid, born Shaun Shiller Fequiere, was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer, and just three weeks after LL Cool J paid Kangol a visit at the North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, NY. 

“NEED I SAY MORE????” Kangol captioned a picture of himself and the Queens rapper. “I stepped out of the recovery-room…and was greeted by this guy. Maybe you’ve heard of him??? Ladies and Gentlemen, the man, the myth, the legend, Mr. G.O.A.T. himself L.L.COOL J @llcoolj @rockthebells visited me and elevated my healing energies in ways doctors can never duplicate. Thank you Baby Bro. I love you, man.”

Our thoughts are with Fequiere’s family and friends during this difficult time.