Rapper Sean Price dead at 43

43-year-old rapper Sean Price passed away in his sleep on August 8th at his apartment in Brooklyn, New York.

“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,” reads a statement from his reps. “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.

Sean Price, who turned 43 in March of this year, was a beloved rap artist. He was 1/2 of the group Heltah Skeltah, a key member of the Boot Camp Clik, and a successful solo artist, known simply as Sean Price.

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 (who at first performed under the stage name Ruck) was half of rap music duo Heltah Skeltah, which released their first record album, Nocturnal, in 1996. The group also included Jahmal Bush, who performed under the name Rock. The 2 rappers were also members of the rap music supergroup Boot Camp Clik.

Price released his 1st unaccompanied record, Monkey Barz, back in 2005 on Duck Down Records. His most recent album, Mic Tyson, was released in 2012. Price and rapper Ill Bill were allegedly working on a cooperative record album titled The Pill. At this point, there is no word on whether or not that project will be released.

The cause of his death has not yet been released and no funeral information is currently available.

Price’s friends and fans took to social media Saturday to mourn the loss. “R.I.P. Ruck….Love and Respect to The Duck Down Family!!!” DJ Premiere captioned an Instagram photo of the late star. “#SeanPrice.”

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