Daddy Yankee Pays Tribute to Phife Dawg

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Daddy Yankee performs onstage during the iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina festival presented by Sprint at The Forum on Nov. 22, 2014 in Inglewood, Calif.  

Daddy Yankee took to social media to pay tribute to Phife Dawg, a founding member of hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest who died at age 45 on Tuesday (March 22). The "Vaivén" singer posted a clip from the video "Electric Relaxation" with the message: "RIP Phife Dawg, one of my favorite rap group of all time."


#ripphifedawg #atribecalledquest #influence one of my favorite rap group of all time. #rip --------

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The rapper's family revealed in a statement, sent to Billboard, that Phife's cause of death was complications from diabetes. "We regret to share the news that on Tuesday March 22nd, 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."