LOS ANGELES (CBSLA / CNN) – Malik B., singer, rapper and founding member of The Roots, died at the age of 47, the group confirmed on Wednesday.

The group shared the news on Twitter: “We are sorry to inform you about the death of our beloved brother and long-time Roots member Malik Abdul Basit. May he be remembered for his dedication to Islam and his innovation as one of the most talented MCs of all time. We ask you to respect his family during our time of mourning. "

We unfortunately inform you about the death of our beloved brother and long-time Roots member Malik Abdul Basit. May he be remembered for his dedication to Islam and his innovation as one of the most talented MCs of all time. We ask you to respect his family during our time of mourning. Pic.twitter.com/NVHtb2CFWP

– The roots (@theroots) July 29, 2020

Basit, who appeared under the name Malik B., was part of the Philadelphia-based group from the beginning until about 1999 when he left amid the group tensions described in the song "Water" on The Roots album "Phrenology". The track was written by Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter and addresses Basit's addictive struggle.

Basit continued to produce solo material and appeared on several tracks on Roots albums a few years after his departure.

No cause of death was released immediately.

The CNN wire

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