Phife Dawg Of A Tribe Called Quest Dead At Age 45 *UPDATE* Rapper Died From Diabetes Complications. Family Issues Statement

The hip hip hop world is mourning the loss of rapper Phife Dawg, a founding member of the legendary 90's rap group A Tribe Called Quest. He passed away on Tuesday, March 22, at 45-years old.

The cause of his death is not known at this time.

Phife, real name Malik Isaac Taylor, released 5 albums with fellow group members, Q-Tip and Ali Shaheed Muhammad. In 2000 the rapper dropped his only solo disc titled "Ventilation: Da LP."

Fellow artists paid tribute to him via social media.

Rest in peace Phife.


The family of Phife Dawg have released a statement confirming that he passed away from diabetes. In 2008, he had a kidney transplant after renal failure due to diabetes complications. 

Five years later, Phife, was back on dialysis, according to Diabetes Forecast.

“I haven’t really spoken about being on dialysis again and needing another kidney,” he said during a 2013 interview with Diabetes Forecast. “It’s a strain on me as far as going where I want to go, doing what I want to do. When I was on dialysis the first time, my stepson was playing basketball… . I couldn’t practice with him. I wanted to go out and run with him and things of that nature, but I didn’t feel good.”

His family issued the following statement on his passing.

“We regret to share the news that on Tuesday March 22nd, 2016, Malik has passed away due to complications resulting from diabetes.

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.”

Dion Liverpool, his manager, adds, “While I mourn the loss of my best friend and brother, I also will celebrate his incredible life and contribution to many people’s ears across the world. Even with all his success, I have never met a person as humble as he. He taught me that maintaining a positive attitude and outlook can conquer anything. Now my brother is resting in greatness. I’m honored to have crossed paths with him. Riddim Kidz 4eva.”

The family asks that their privacy be respected at this difficult time.

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Comment by Kelz Taylor on March 26, 2016 at 3:05pm
@qtip needs to help finish up Phife's Album and drop that for the fans! No BS, we need that man.
Comment by Epitome aka TheWarriorPrincess® on March 26, 2016 at 10:22am
Sad. RIP. Saw them live many times back in the day. They definitely made their mark in this culture. I think he was struggling with this illness since childhood.
Comment by U.S. Army Veteran on March 24, 2016 at 6:34pm
They going out like chumps. Diabetes? Eat a salad. Christian Psalms -Hardnis: Album In Stores Everywhere! We’ve been holding back so we can hit the ground jumping!
Comment by Kylizzel on March 24, 2016 at 11:16am
@Ronald maudlin you ain't lying bro. Better to be safe than sorry yall
Comment by ThatsJas on March 24, 2016 at 12:30am
My heart is broken right now.....R.I.P. Phife Dawg!!
Comment by gip on March 23, 2016 at 8:48pm
R.I.P Phife Dawg.
Comment by Anthony on March 23, 2016 at 7:58pm
Rip, I still silence to tribe everyday
Comment by Ayo Ghost on March 23, 2016 at 6:23pm
Comment by SMP on March 23, 2016 at 4:51pm
Sad, rest in peace big homie.
Comment by QuEeNsFiNeSt on March 23, 2016 at 4:00pm
R.i.p to another God

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