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The hip-hop community has lost another great. Phife Dawg, member of the iconic rap group A Tribe Called Quest, has reportedly passed away. DJ/producer pioneer Chuck Chillout announced the news on Twitter early Wednesday morning (Mar. 23), followed by DJ/producer Statik Selektah later confirming the news.

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A native of Queens, New York, Phife Dawg (born Malik Isaac Taylor) is a well-known diabetic, and received a kidney transplant in 2008. Also known as the “Five Foot Assassin,” there’s currently no word if the type 1 diabetes Phife was first diagnosed with in 1990, was the exact cause of death.

Last November on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Phife and A Tribe Called Quest reunited for their first television appearance in over 15 years, performing their “Can I Kick It?” classic. The moment was in celebration of the 25th anniversary of ATCQ’s People’s Instinctive Travels And The Paths Of Rhythm debut album.

Re-live that moment below.

Mikey Fresh caught Tribe opening for Prince at SXSW 2013.

UPDATE: Here’s footage of Kendrick Lamar paying tribute to Phife Dawg during his March 23 show in Sydney, Australia.

UPDATE #2: Phife Dawg’s family have released an official statement confirming the cause of his death.

We regret to share the news that on Tuesday March 22nd, 2016, Malik has passed away due to complications resulting from diabetes.

Malik was our loving husband, father, brother and friend. We love him dearly. How he impacted all our lives will never be forgotten. His love for music and sports was only surpassed by his love of God and family.

Dion Liverpool, his manager adds, “While I mourn the loss of my best friend and brother, I also will celebrate his incredible life and contribution to many people’s ears across the world. Even with all his success, I have never met a person as humble as he. He taught me that maintaining a positive attitude and outlook can conquer anything. Now my brother is resting in greatness. I’m honored to have crossed paths with him. Riddim Kidz 4eva.

UPDATE #3: A Tribe Called Quest also issues an official statement that can be read below.

“Our hearts are heavy. We are devastated. This is something we weren’t prepared for although we all know that life is fleeting. It was no secret about his health and his fight. But the fight for his joy and happiness gave him everything he needed. The fight to keep his family happy, his soul happy and those around him happy, gave him complete and unadulterated joy… until he heeded his fathers call.

We love his family his mother, his father, his son, his wife, his nieces, his family here in New York, Atlanta, California and Trinidad.

Thank you for the outpouring of prayers and support from the fans, fellow artists, music outlets, blogs, radio stations, DJ’s, social media and the music community at large. This too is part of his joy and means a lot to him. His family is overwhelmed by the support, well wishes and are thankful. His music and what he’s contributed is seismic and hard to measure. He’s affected us as much as he’s affected all of you. We’re inspired by his daily joy and courage. He wasn’t in pain. He was happy.

We take comfort in knowing he will be beside his grandmother.”

Phife forever 1970-2016. 1991 in Sept I went to visit Tariq at Millersville U in the middle of PA (Lancaster). Miles Davis had just passed & I went on a binge to study his post jazz works. Went to Sound Of Market to purchase Nefertiti, In A Silent Way & Live Evil—the only non jazz purchase I made that day ironically was the most jazziest album in that collection: #TheLowEndTheory by @ATCQ. —it was raining that day so somehow the 1…2 punch of "Nefertiti"/"Fall" just had me in a trance that train trip—even though I suspected there was a possibility that Tribe could possibly have made a better album then their debut (the perfect @@@@@ mic Source rating would be on stands in a week so I was right)—but I knew I wanted to save that listening for when I got up to the campus w Riq.—so some 90mins later when I get to his dorm–we ripped that bad boy open (I can't describe the frustration that was CD packaging in 1991, just imagine the anger that environmentalists feel when all that paper packaging in Beats headphone gets wasted—it's like that)—the sign of a true classic is when a life memory is burnt in your head because of the first time you hear a song. —Riq & I had this moment a few times, but the look on our faces when we 1st heard "Buggin Out" was prolly Me & Tariq's greatest "rewind selector!" moment in our friendship. (Back then every MC's goal was to have that "rewind!!!" moment. As in to say something so incredible. Or to catch you by surprise that it makes you go "DAAAAAYUM!!!"& you listen over & over—Malik "Phife" Taylor's verse was such a gauntlet/flag planting moment in hip hop. Every hip hop head was just…stunned HE. CAME. FOR. BLOOD & was taking NO prisoners on this album (or ever again) we just kept looking at the speaker on some disbelief old timey radio Suspense episode. & also at each other "Phife is KILLIN!"–by the time we got to "Scenario" I swear to god THAT was the moment I knew I wanted to make THIS type of music when I grew up–(yeah yeah dad I know: "go to Juilliard or Curtis to make a nice living at "real music") but he didn't know that Phife & his crew already wrote my destiny. I ain't look back since. THANK YOU PHIFE!

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Musical family trees is one of the many lectures I give to my students. As musicians we all have them. We all trace our style, sound, and inspiration back to an artist, group, etc. It's like I just lost a parent in a sense. The reason why I'm here. Who birthed me. Man. You gotta understand the identity that Tribe gave to a 15 year old black kid like me who felt like other artists/groups in 1990, although great, just didn't fit my persona. TRIBE did. Their sound, message (especially the girl records) and movement was perfect for a kid like me. Musically, it not only affected me, but so many others. Tribe has a family tree of it's on…and one of the very roots we have sprouted from, is gone. The last face to face conversation I had with Phife was "man…what is Little Brother gonna do?" I replied "man what TRIBE gonna do? Y'all gonna get back together? Lol." He said "lol….you right…but LB is the Tribe of this generation, real talk, so I had to ask.." Man, this hurts. Rest in Peace Zulu. Amazulu to the world. Malik "Phife Dawg" Taylor 1970-2016

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Previously: A Tribe Called Quest Perform “Can I Kick It?” on The Tonight Show (Video)