Malik Taylor aka Phife Dawg, died Wednesday at the age of 45. Taylor was known for his witty rhymes as part of the iconic hip-hop squad called A Tribe Called Quest.
According to Rolling Stone, the death was confirmed, but an official statement and the cause of death have yet to be announced.
Taylor has ben dealing with health issues for years, undergoing a kidney transplant back in 2008 due to a long battle with diabetes.
Last November, he spoke with Rolling Stone about his optimistic view for the future.
"I am in a good spot, but I have my good days and I have my bad days," he said at the time. "But I'm more or less in a good spot, so I can't really complain."