Phife Dawg From A Tribe Called Quest Dead at Age 45

March 23, 2016 1:14 PM

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News of his passing emerged on Twitter overnight, and Rolling Stone confirmed his death Wednesday morning; an official statement has yet to be released. Born Malik Taylor in 1970, he suffered from health issues in recent years, undergoing a kidney transplant in 2008 to deal with his longtime battle with Type 1 diabetes. "It's really a sickness," Taylor said in the band's 2011 documentary, Beats, Rhymes & Life. "Like straight-up drugs. I'm just addicted to sugar."

Taylor co-founded A Tribe Called Quest in 1985 with, Q-Tip and Ali Shaheed Muhammad, his classmates from Queens, New York; a fourth band member, Jarobi White, left the group after the release of their first album. Together, the rappers recorded five albums: 1990's People's Instinctive Travels and th...

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