Malik Taylor, Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest, Dies at 45

March 23, 2016 4:27 PM

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Malik Taylor, Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest, Dies at 45

Malik Taylor, the wry and agile rapper known as Phife Dawg, who as a member of A Tribe Called Quest brought left-of-center hip-hop to the masses, died on Tuesday at his home in the San Francisco Bay Area. He was 45.

Mr. Taylor’s family and his manager, Dion Liverpool, confirmed the death, and said the cause was complications from diabetes.

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