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The Hip-Hop world is still reeling over the untimely death of Phife Dawg. The late MC’s group, A Tribe Called Quest, issued a heartfelt statement.

“Our hearts are heavy. We are devastated. This is something we weren’t prepared for although we all know that life is fleeting,” says the statement. “It was no secret about his health and his fight. But the fight for his joy and happiness gave him everything he needed. The fight to keep his family happy, his soul happy and those around him happy, gave him complete and unadulterated joy… until he heeded his fathers call.”

Born Malik Taylor, Phife was just 45-years-old at the time of his passing. The family issued a statement yesterday (March 23) confirming his death was due to complications of diabetes.
ATCQ’s statement continues, “We love his family his mother, his father, his son, his wife, his nieces, his family here in New York, Atlanta, California and Trinidad.
“Thank you for the outpouring of prayers and support from the fans, fellow artists, music outlets, blogs, radio stations, DJ’s, social media and the music community at large. This too is part of his joy and means a lot to him. His family is overwhelmed by the support, well wishes and are thankful. His music and what he’s contributed is seismic and hard to measure. He’s affected us as much as he’s affected all of you. We’re inspired by his daily joy and courage. He wasn’t in pain. He was happy.”
Rest in power Phife Dawg!