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Malik Taylor, the rapper known as Phife Dawg and a founding member of A Tribe Called Quest, has died, according to Rolling Stone. He was 45.

From Rolling Stone:

While the cause of death has yet to be announced, Taylor had had health issues for years, undergoing a kidney transplant in 2008 to deal with a longtime battle with Type 1 diabetes.

“It’s really a sickness,” Taylor said in Beats, Rhymes & Life, Michael Rapaport’s candid 2011 documentary on the group. “Like straight-up drugs. I’m just addicted to sugar.”

Taylor appeared on all five of the group’s studio albums, most notably 1991’s The Low End Theory and 1993’s Midnight Marauders, acting as the high-pitched, gruff vocal counterpoint to Q-Tip’s smooth, mellow flow. The group broke up and reunited multiple times since the release of their last album, 1998’s the Love Movement. As documented in Beats, Rhymes & Life, the group would sporadically reunite for live shows, but stopped short at recording new material.

SOURCE: Rolling Stone | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty

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Phife Dawg Dishes On Struggles With Q-Tip, Diabetes In Tribe Movie