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.