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Hip hop rapper Phife Dawg dies

The ‘A Tribe Called Quest’ member has died at the age of 45 following a long battle with diabetes.

Legendary hip hop rapper Phife Dawg of breakout soul and funk rap group ‘A Tribe Called Quest’ has died. Picture: Mass Appeal via Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - Legendary hip hop rapper Phife Dawg of breakout soul and funk rap group 'A Tribe Called Quest' has died at the age of 45 following a long battle with diabetes.

Hip hop superstars including Chuck D, 9th Wonder and Statik Selektah have offered their condolences to the rapper, who has been described as one of the most creative with wordplay.

Phife Dawg was a part of 'A Tribe Called Quest' with fellow members Q-Tip and Ali Muhammad until it broke up just before the turn of the millennium.

He is best known for his verse on Can I Kick It and his solo track Flawless.