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Phife Dawg of “A Tribe Called Quest” Dies At 45

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Phife Dawg of “A Tribe Called Quest” Dies At 45

His real name was Malik Taylor, and he grew up in the St. Albans section of Queens. He also went by the nickname “Five Foot Assassin” and “The Five Footer,” as he was only 5-feet, 3 inches tall.

 

Hip hop artist and New York City native Phife Dawg of ‘A Tribe Called Quest’ has died, Rolling Stone reports. He was 45.

His real name was Malik Taylor, and he grew up in the St. Albans section of Queens. He also went by the nickname “Five Foot Assassin” and “The Five Footer,” as he was only 5-feet, 3 inches tall.

Taylor’s cause of death has not been announced, but Rolling Stones reported that he has had health issues for years, and even had a kidney transplant in 2008 as a result of his battle with diabetes.

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