A Tribe Called Quest’s Phife Dawg dies at 45

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UPDATE, Mar. 23 1:21 p.m. EST: 

The rapper’s family and manager Dion Liverpool have released statements, confirming that Phife Dawg, real name Malik Taylor, passed away from complications due to diabetes. Here are their statements:

The family closed the statement by asking “that their privacy be respected at this difficult time.”


Tributes poured in Wednesday for A Tribe Called Quest co-founder Malik Taylor, better known as Phife Dawg, who has died at the age of 45.

Rolling Stone and Billboard have both confirmed the rapper’s death, but no official statement from the band has been released. Read more…

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