MF Doom, one of hip hop’s greatest and most unique talents, has passed away at the age of just 49, his family have said.

As per The Guardian, his wife Jasmine confirmed the tragic news via a post on the rapper’s instagram account: “The greatest husband, father, teacher, student, business partner, lover and friend I could ever ask for. Thank you for all the things you have shown, taught and given to me, our children and our family.

Thank you for teaching me how to forgive beings and give another chance, not to be so quick to judge and write off. 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. Words will never express what you and Malachi mean to me, I love both and adore you always. May THE ALL continue to bless you, our family and the planet.”

Her Instagram message also seemed to indicate that MF Doom died on 31st October. The cause of death has not yet been announced.

Otherwise known as Daniel Dumile, the rapper was born in London in 1971 and moved to New York as a child. He started in music performing in the hip hop trio KMD, before debuting his MF Doom persona in the late 1990’s.

The name came from the Marvel villain Dr. Doom and he wore a similar mask to the character in public after adopting the moniker. His commercial peak came in the early noughties, particularly his 2004 album Madvillainy, a collaboration with Madlib (under the name Madvillain).

He would go on to establish himself as one of the best collaborators in music, working with Danger Mouse, Ghostface Killah, and Bishop Nehru.

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Tributes from the hip hop world have started pouring in for Dumile. Run The Jewel’s El-P, Ty Dolly $ign, and Tyler, the Creator offered their condolences on Twitter. Flying Lotus revealed that he had been working on an EP with MF Doom and said “my soul is crushed.”

Kenny Beats also paid tribute: “I heard that some authors rewrote entire novels by the greats just to see how it felt. Denzel [Curry] and I made Unlocked talking about Doom every single day just trying to channel an ounce of the feeling.”

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