Malik B, rapper and founding member of 'The Roots', dies at 47
Rapper and founding member of 'The Roots', Malik B, has died. He was 47. According to the news agency, no cause or date of death has been provided, nor have any additional details.The news that Philadelphia-born emcee whose real name is Malik Abdul Basit has passed away was confirmed by the group on Instagram on Wednesday (local time).
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In a statement, band members Ahmir 'Questlove' Thompson and Tariq 'Black Thought' Trotter said, "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. 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."