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A Tribe Called Quest Releases A Statement About Their Deceased Band Member Phife Dawg

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His memory will live on forever.

As we reported, A Tribe Called Quest band member Phife Dawg passed away earlier this week due to type 1 diabetes. He was only 45 years old.

Related: Reporter Honors Phife Dawg!

On Wednesday, the legendary group — consisting of Q-Tip and Ali Shaheed Muhammad released a statement honoring the rapper, whose real name was Malik I. Taylor.

They said :

"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."

Although they are mourning his loss, they are grateful for all the support they've received during this difficult time.

"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."

Our thoughts and prayers go to Taylor's friends and family.

[Image via Getty Images.]

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