Legendary rapper MF Doom has passed away at 49, which his family confirmed in a statement on his Instagram page.

MF Doom, a masked rapper who awed hip-hop fans and fellow musicians with intricate wordplay, has died. He was 49. The British-born rapper rarely appeared in public in recent years without his signature mask, modeled after the Marvel Comics villain Doctor Doom. His death was confirmed Thursday by Doom’s representative, Richie Abbott. Jasmine Dumile said in a statement that her husband — whose real name is Daniel Dumile — died Oct. 31. The cause of death has not been released.

 

‘Your favourite MC’s MC’

Dumile’s death, three years after the death of his 14-year-old son, shocked the hip-hop world. Music industry executive Dante Ross, who signed KMD to its first record deal, said Dumile’s “life force was a metaphor for Black men in this world. You took all the (bad things) sent your way and created beautiful art with it. Tragedy was your fuel for reinvention.”

 

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