In sad news, rap legend Phife Dawg of the group A Tribe Called Quest has passed away. He was 45.
Just a few short hours ago, tweets from the likes of Aesop Rock, Chuck D, and others began pouring in, seemingly confirming Phife's untimely death. The first tweet came from DJ Chuck Chillout. While an official cause of death has yet to be mentioned, it is known that he has battled the effects of Diabetes for more than two decades. He also had a kidney transplant in 2008.
Phife Dawg is most known for his role in Native Tongue, which also included the Jungle Brothers, Monie Love, Queen Latifah, and De La Soul, and A Tribe Called Quest.
Stay tuned for updates as the story continues to develop.