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Tragic news to hear during the holiday season as Capital Steez, real name Jamal Dewar of Joey Bada$$’ ProEra crew, has died at age 19. 

Only days after releasing their group mixtape, PEEP: The Aprocalypsewith Joey, CJ Fly, Chuck Strangers, and Kirk Knight, Steez was one of the standout members of the crew who shined with his more politically driven lyricism.

“This unfortunate xmas eve.. Lost a best friend, a brother, a pro, a partner. Letting go is never easy.. May ur soul rest in peace Jamal,” Joey tweeted shortly after Steez cryptically left his final tweet simply stating “the end.”

Capital Steez had released his solo mixtape, AmeriKKKan Koruption and appeared on Joey Bada$$’s critically-acclaimed 1999 mixtape from earlier this year. Joey Bada$$ confirmed his passing with the tweet, “RIP Capital Steez 7.7.93 – 12.24.2012.” According to  CloudMusiq, Steez’s passing may have been an apparent suicide.

We will have details surrounding his death as soon as they are made available to us, as this story is still developing.

Hip-Hop Wired sends its deepest condolences to the Pro Era crew and the Dewar family.

Photo: Pro Era