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A Tribe Called Quest Rapper Phife Dawg Dead At 45

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Another loss for the music industry.

On Tuesday, it was reported that rapper Phife Dawg had tragically passed away. He was 45 years old.

The Can I Kick It artist was best known for being a member of the iconic rap group A Tribe Called Quest. Unfortunately, it's been said that the industry vet had struggled with his health for years as he suffered from type 1 diabetes.

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In fact, Phife (whose real name was Malik Isaac Taylor) even had a kidney transplant back in 2008. So sad!

Alongside Q-Tip and DJ/producer Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Phife was a MAJOR pioneer for hip hop. The ATCQ member's presence in the music scene will greatly will be missed.

Not surprisingly, many in Hollywood have taken to Instagram and Twitter to mourn the late rapper's passing — including Questlove, Elijah Wood, Estelle, and many more.

Check out their reactions (below).

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