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Phife Dawg, hip-hop innovator with A Tribe Called Quest, dies at 45

Phife Dawg, hip-hop innovator with A Tribe Called Quest, dies at 45

Malik "Phife Dawg" Taylor, a member of the trailblazing hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest, died of complications resulting from diabetes Tuesday, according to a statement released by his family. He was 45 years old and had suffered health problems in recent years. Rolling Stone said he underwent a kidney transplant in 2008.

"Malik was our loving husband, father, brother and friend," the statement read. "We love him dearly. How he impacted all our lives will never be forgotten."

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