MF DOOM, the masked and often mysterious rapper, died at the age of 49 on Oct. 31, his family confirmed on Thursday.
According to a report by The Associated Press, DOOM’s cause of death has not yet been released.
The rapper, who was born in London and raised in New York as Daniel Dumile, began his career in music in the late 80s.
“Dumile released six studio albums under different stage names, including King Geedorah and Viktor Vaughn,” The Associated Press reported. “He collaborated with producer Madlib on the 2004 album “Madvillainy,” which was considered his most celebrated release.”
In an Instagram post, Dumile’s wife, Jasmine, expressed her love for DOOM and called him “the greatest husband, father, teacher, student, business partner, lover and friend” she could have ever asked for.
“Thank you for teaching me how to forgive beings and give another chance, not to be so quick to judge and write off,” Jasmine said. “Thank you for showing how not to be afraid to love and be the best person I could ever be. My world will never be the same without you.”
Much like his presence on the rap scene, the rapper’s sudden absence made waves across the industry and his fans and friends echoed both praise and remorse.
Below are just a few reactions from fans, rappers and performers on the loss of MF DOOM:
humbled to b thought of in the same sentences as dumile!— thebe kgositsile (@earlxsweat) January 1, 2021
ive been crying and listening to his music since i found out. made a little shrine and drank some beer!
RIP to another Giant your favorite MC’s MC .. MF DOOM!!— QTip (@QtipTheAbstract) December 31, 2020
All u ever needed in hip hop was this record. Sorted. Done. Give it to the fucking aliens pic.twitter.com/knqTs1Q1HV— FLYLO (@flyinglotus) December 31, 2020
Peak levels of happiness when Tyler, The Creator and Earl Sweatshirt met MF DOOM for the first time— XXL Magazine (@XXL) December 31, 2020
He really was your favorite rapper’s favorite rapper 🙏pic.twitter.com/EdfutH79CW
DOOM died the year we all had to wear masks— CHASE B (@ogchaseb) December 31, 2020