A Tribe Called Quest's Phife Dawg Dead at 45

A Tribe Called Quest's Phife Dawg Dead at 45

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Update (3/23/16 1 p.m. ET):statement confirms Phife's death was diabetes-related, and his manager, DJ Rasta Root has spoken about the loss of his friend:

“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.”

Original story (8:30 a.m. ET): A Tribe Called Quest's Phife Dawg has died at the age of 45, Rolling Stone confirms. 

Although the official cause of death has yet to be released, it was known that Phife, born Malik Taylor, struggled with Type 1 diabetes.

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