The family of A Tribe Called Quest co-founder Phife Dawg has revealed that diabetes caused the rapper's death. Phife, real name Malik Taylor, passed away on Tuesday (March 22) at the age of 45.
“We regret to share the news that on Tuesday March 22nd, 2016, Malik has passed away due to complications resulting from diabetes," read a statement sent to Billboard. "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.”