Rapper Sean Price dies, aged 43

Brooklynite was one half of the group Heltah Skeltah

Sean Price, rapper and one-half of the group Heltah Skeltah, has died. He was 43-years-old.

The New Yorker passed away early this morning (August 8) in his Brooklyn apartment. The cause of death is currently unknown, but according to a statement released to Rolling Stone, Price died in his sleep. He’s survived by his wife and three children.

Alongside his partner Rock, Price began his career in Heltah Skeltah under the moniker ‘Ruck’. The duo put out three albums between 1996 and 2008. Price also enjoyed a solo career under his birth name – releasing three more studio albums, 2005’s ‘Monkey Barz’, ‘Jesus Price Supastar’ in 2007 and 2012’s ‘Mic Tyson’ – and in 2011 he teamed-up with rapper Guilty Simpson and producer Black Milk to release an album under the name Random Axe.

As the news broke, members the hip-hop community immediately began paying tribute to Price via Twitter. “Horrible day, I love you my nigga!” wrote Black Milk. Killer Mike added, “RIP Sean Price. Mic God, lyrical Warrior and supreme Emcee”.

“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,” Immortal Technique tweeted.