Sean Price was found dead in his New York apartment, with the wife of the Brooklyn rapper saying he died in his sleep.
Price, 43, was reportedly found dead in the morning hours on Saturday. His death was first announced by DJ Premier, who posted about it on Instagram.
Price’s wife confirmed the rapper’s death on Facebook, and his representative later issued a statement.
“It is with beyond a heavy heart that Duck Down Music is sadly confirming that Sean Price passed away early this morning in his Brooklyn apartment, Saturday, August 8th, 2015. The cause of death is currently unknown, but it was reported that he died in his sleep. He’s survived by his wife, and his three children,” a rep for Price said in a statement (via Rolling Stone). “Sean’s family and friends are asking for time to grieve and process the news. Further details will be issued when more information is available.”
Price was known as a member of several hip-hop groups, including Heltah Skeltah along fellow Brooklyn rapper Rock. Though he first rapped under the name Ruck, he later went back to his birth name and released three studio albums as Sean Price.
As news of his death spread, many in the rap community expressed condolences to Price’s family.
“Our condolences got out to the family of Sean Price… ‘To him we belong and to him we shall return,”’ De La Soul posted on Twitter.
Rest in Power Sean Price. You were always a friend, a brother and an inspiring lyricist. We love you & we will always miss you Ruck
— IG: TechImmortal (@ImmortalTech) August 8, 2015
R.I.P Sean Price….a legend — Maverick Sabre (@MaverickSabre) August 8, 2015
This is the worst. To the legend…and big man with a big heart and big sense of humor…we love you Sean Price. RIP.
— Rapsody (@rapsody) August 8, 2015
Others remember Price as a strong influence on the rap scene, especially in his native Brooklyn. Price’s work dated back more than 20 years, around the time rappers like Talib Kweli were in their formative years. On Saturday, Kweli took to Twitter to mourn Sean Price and remember the influence he had.
Sean Price went from being a childhood hero of mine to a great friend. He was the most competitive MC I’ve ever met & kept me on my game.
— Talib Kweli Greene (@TalibKweli) August 8, 2015
At the time he was found dead, Sean Price was working on a new mixtape called Songs in the Key of Price. It is due out in two weeks.
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