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Questlove, Kerry Washington and More Pay Tribute to A Tribe Called Quest Founder Phife Dawg

Read their messages

Megan Vick

It's a sad day for hip-hop fans as Rolling Stone confirms that A Tribe Called Quest founder Phife Dawg, real name Malik Taylor, passed away on Tuesday. The 45-year old founded the legendary rap group with Q-Tip and Ali Shaheed Muhammed in 1985. Together the group put forth iconic tracks including "Can I Kick It" and "Scenario."

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Taylor's official cause of death has not been announced, but the MC has had several health issues over the years, including a kidney transplant in 2008 due to a long battle with Type 1 diabetes. Celebrities and musicians alike, including Questlove and Kerry Washington, posted an outpour of support for Phife Dawg and his family at this sad time, citing his influence on modern hip-hop and their own careers.

Read what they had to say below: