The influential comedy rapper is reported to have died after a battle with liver cancer

Clarence Reid, better known by his stage name Blowfly, has passed away aged 76.

In a statement posted on his Facebook page, Reid’s drummer Tom Bowker confirmed that the musician died earlier today (January 17) at his hospice.

“Clarence Reid, the genius known both by his given name and as Blowfly, the Master of Class, passed peacefully today, January 17th, in his hospice room.

His sister Virginia and I thank you for all the love you have shown this week. We also thank you for supporting Clarence’s 50 + year music career – especially these last few years. We love you and will keep you informed on services and tribute performances in Clarence’s honor,” reads the post.

Earlier this month, Bowker announced on Blowfly’s Facebook page that Reid was suffering from terminal liver cancer.

Dear Blowfly and Clarence Reid fans. It is with a heavy heart that I must inform you that Clarence has Terminal Liver…

Posted by Blowfly on Tuesday, 12 January 2016

According to Bowker, Blowfly will release a final album, intended as a gift to his fans, titled ’77 Rusty Trombones’ in February.

Reid, often described as the ‘Godfather of Hip Hop’ for his influence on the genre, carved out a niche for himself with his explicit party records in the 1970s and 80s. His music has been sampled by a range of artists over the years including Beyoncé, Wu Tang Clan, DJ Shadow, Easy-E and the Avalanches.