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Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest dies at age 45

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It's a sad day in the world of rap as A Tribe Called Quest's co-founder has passed away.

Malik Taylor, known to the world as Phife Dawg, died early Wednesday morning at the age of 45. The rapper has suffered from various health issues in recent years, from his battle with diabetes to his kidney transplant in 2008. Tributes poured into social media recalling Taylor's life and achievements in the industry. The cause of death has yet to be announced.

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