Rapper Malik B of ‘The Roots’ dead at 47

Malik B., the rapper who was a longtime member of the Roots from their formative years, has died.

The group confirmed the rapper’s death, though no cause of death or other details were provided.

“It is with heavy hearts and tearful eyes that we regretfully inform you of the passing of our beloved brother and long time Roots member Malik Abdul Basit,” the Roots’ Questlove and Black Thought said in a statement. “May he be remembered for his devotion to Islam, His loving brotherhood and His innovation as one of the most gifted MCs of all time.  We ask that you please respect his family and extended family in our time of mourning such a great loss.”

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