Rapper Malik B, a longtime member of The Roots, has died at the age of 47.
The band announced the news on Wednesday in a post on Instagram.
“With heavy hearts and tearful eyes, we regret to announce the death of our beloved brother and longtime member of Malik’s Root, Abdul Bassett,” the group wrote.
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“Let him be remembered for his devotion to Islam, his loving brotherhood and his innovation as one of the most gifted MS of all time.”
The cause of death was not immediately announced.
Malik B, a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was added to The Roots in the 1990s by joining the founding members of Questlove and Black Thought.
During his tenure, The Roots released four albums: Organix, do you want more? !!! ??!, Illadelph Halflife and Things fall apart (which received a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Album).
Malik B left the band in 1999 to pursue a solo career.
He released an album Street assault in 2005, and an EP called Psychological EP in 2006.
Album Unpredictable, the result of a collaboration with Mr. Green that took place in 2015.
Malik B was also featured on The Roots albums Game theory (2006) and Climb down (2008).
Many on social media shared a tribute to Malik B after news of his death broke on Tuesday, stressing the importance of his work and legacy.