Phife Dawg From A Tribe Called Quest Passes Away At Age 45

In unbelievably tragic news, Malik Taylor, better known as Phife Dawg from A Tribe Called Quest, passed away on March 22, at the age of 45. While the cause of death has not been disclosed, Phife suffered from Type 1 diabetes for decades, and underwent a kidney transplant in 2008.


As a member ATCQ, Phife was one of the most influential artists in Hip-Hop and, consequently, modern American music. He, Q-Tip, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Jarobi burst onto the scene more than 25 years ago with their debut album People’s Instinctive Travels And The Paths Of Rhythm. However, it would be on their second album, The Low End Theory, where Phife would have his breakout and truly establish his role in the group. He shone on tracks like “Butter,” which featured his solo vocal performance, and stood toe to toe with Busta Rhymes on “Scenario.”

Known for witty punchlines and subtle double entendres, Phife was a jovial spirit on wax, and a known sports enthusiast. He was a frequent guest on sports talk shows, and was even a playable character on NBA 2K7 and 2K9.

There has already been an outpouring of love for the fallen MC across social media. Here are just a few of the expressions of mournfulness and heartfelt thanks for all that he has done for Hip-Hop culture and music lovers around the world.

UPDATE: The family of A Tribe Called Quest member, Phife, also known as Malik I. Taylor, has released a statement announcing that he has died, aged 45:

“We regret to share the news that on Tuesday March 22nd, 2016, Malik has passed away due to complications resulting from diabetes. Malik was our loving husband, father, brother and friend. We love him dearly. How he impacted all our lives will never be forgotten. His love for music and sports was only surpassed by his love of God and family.”

Phife’s longtime manager, Dion Liverpool, adds “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.”

Ambrosia For Heads extends its deepest condolences to the family and friends of Phife Dawg. There will certainly be more news in the days ahead celebrating the life and legacy of the 5 footer.

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