By Jamie Rivera Published 03/23/2016 11:41:00 | Views: 2588
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 17: MC Phife Dawg (Malik Taylor) of A Tribe Called Quest performs at 2013 H2O Music Festival at Los Angeles Historical Park on August 17, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rodrigo Vaz/FilmMagic)

Malik Taylor, better known as A Tribe Called Quest's Phife Dawg, died Wednesday at the age of 45, Rolling Stone reported.

An official statement has yet to be released. 

Taylor's cause of death is unclear, but the New York native had health issues in the past. He underwent a kindey transplant in 2008 during a longstanding battle with diabetes.

"It's really a sickness," Taylor said in a 2011 documentary. "Like straight-up drugs. I'm just addicted to sugar."

He also rapped about his condition in his music. 

"Mr. energetic, who me sound pathetic, when's the last time you heard a funky diabetic?" he rhymed on the 1994 hit "Oh My God" featuring Busta Rhymes.

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By Jamie Rivera 03/23/2016 11:41:00

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