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Longtime Three 6 Mafia member Koopsta Knicca (born Robert Cooper Phillips) has passed away at the age of 40 after he suffered an aneurysm and a stroke last week.

One of the Grammy Award-winning members of the group in DJ Paul was reportedly at his friend’s bedside throughout the entire ordeal, and even jumped the gun on announcing his death but it sadly soon came to pass.

Paul, who lost his real-life half-brother, Three 6 Mafia founding member Lord Infamous at age 40 to a heart attack in 2013, coped with the immediate pain and remembered him for his comedic spirit, telling TMZ, “Everyone who knew Koop knew hew was very funny and the coolest guy ever! He will be missed!!!”

Shortly after, a handful of founding Three 6 Mafia members paid their respects to Koopsta Knicca online.

Photo: Instagram / Koopsta Knicca

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