The Roots Founding Member Malik B. Dead At 47


Malik B., a rapper and founding member of The Roots who appeared on the group's albums throughout their career as both a pivotal MC and a guest after his departure, has died at age 47. No cause of death has been provided.

The legendary hip-hop group's official Twitter account posted a statement announcing Malik's death today (July 29). "We regretfully inform you of the passing of our beloved brother and long time Roots member Malik Abdul Basit," it read. "May he be remembered for his devotion to Islam and innovation as one of the most gifted MCs of all time. We ask that you please respect his family in our time of mourning."