A Tribe Called Quest's Phife Dawg Dead At 45

(Radio.com) Phife Dawg of legendary hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest, has died at 45. Although no press release has been issued as of yet, several sources have taken to Twitter to express their respect for the fallen MC, including Questlove of the Roots and Chuck D of Public Enemy.

Phife, born Malik Taylor but known as "The Five Foot Assassin" (he stood at 5'3″) had battled health issues in recent years, including diabetes, and had a kidney transplant in 2008. He told his story of his health struggles in the 2012 Tribe documentary Beats, Rhymes and Life.

He kept a mostly low profile after A Tribe Called Quest broke up in the late 1990s, releasing just one solo album, 2000's Ventilation: Da LP. Read more here.

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