A Tribe Called Quest ‘Devastated’ By Phife Dawg’s Death – See Statement

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By Jesse Spero |

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A Tribe Called Quest has released a statement following the death of their co-founding member Phife Dawg, who died on Tuesday.

In a message shared online Wednesday night, the group says, “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. 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.”

The statement goes on, “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,” continues the official message. “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.”

The group adds, “We take comfort in knowing he will be beside his grandmother.” As Gossip Cop reported, Dawg’s official cause of death has yet to be released. The rapper underwent a kidney transplant in 2008 due to diabetes. The star, who was born Malik Taylor, was 45.


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