"This is such a tragic loss for the world of music, a young life with so much potential and a unique and precious talent," the rock icon tells Billboard. "'Lucid Dreams' was my favorite of all the many interpolations of 'Shape of My Heart,' it will resonate for many years to come. My sincere condolences to the family."
Sting was also quick to shoot down rumors that he was suing the late rapper (born Jarad Anthony Higgins) over sampling his 1993 hit in the latter's 2018 breakout hit -- which peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 -- with his spokesperson calling the gossip "simply untrue."