The Roots founder Malik B has died aged 47

The Roots founder Malik B has died aged 47

Malik B

Malik B, a founding member of The Roots, has died aged 47.

The Philadelphia musician’s cousin Don Champion confirmed the news today (July 29) after reports began circulating on social media. A cause of death is not yet known.

“Mourning my beloved cousin today. He was so talented and had a huge heart,” said Champion. “I still remember when he and The Roots were starting out. He’d give me and my dad their cassette tapes to listen to. I miss you already, Mailk.”

The Roots have since issued a statement via their official Twitter page, writing: “We regretfully inform you of the passing of our beloved brother and long time Roots member Malik Abdul Baset.

“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.”

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