Phife Dawg’s family releases statement on his passing, revealing cause of death.


Phife Dawg’s family has released an official statement after his passing Tuesday. The family states he died due to complications resulting from diabetes. The Tribe Called Quest member was diagnosed with diabetes in 1990.

“We regret to share the news that on Tuesday March 22nd, 2016, Malik has passed away due to complications resulting from diabetes,”  “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.”

Phife’s manager Dion Liverpool also released a statement.

“While I mourn the loss of my best friend and brother, I also will celebrate his incredible life and contribution to many people’s ears across the world. Even with all his success, I have never met a person as humble as he. He taught me that maintaining a positive attitude and outlook can conquer anything. Now my brother is resting in greatness. I’m honored to have crossed paths with him. Riddim Kidz 4eva.”



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