A Tribe Called Quest's Phife Dawg dies aged 45
By Benjamin Irons
Rapper Malik Taylor, aka Phife Dawg, has died aged 45 after a serious of health complications as a result of diabetes.
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The late star had suffered greatly with diabetes and poor health, which prompted a kidney transplant from his wife back in 2008. A statement from his family read: "Malik was our loving husband, father, brother and friend. We love him dearly, How he impacted all our lives will never be forgotten. His love for music and sports was only surpassed by his love of God and family".
Best known as one of three MC's from rap pioneers A Tribe Called Quest, the musician garnered success with the group back in 1990, where they produced hip-hop classics "Can I Kick It?" and "Bonita Applebum" on their debut full length People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm under Jive Records. They went on to record 5 more albums before splitting, only to be reunited in 2006, and again in 2013, to play live shows. Following the group's initial split in 1998, Taylor produced a debut solo effort Ventilation: Da LP, in 2000, and also began working on a second, more personal, solo project MUTTYmorPHosis, in 2013.
A statement from the rap group reads: "Our hearts are heavy. We are devastated. This is something we weren’t prepared for although we all know that life is fleeting. It was no secret about his health and his fight. But the fight for his joy and happiness gave him everything he needed... We take comfort in knowing he will be beside his grandmother."