Rapper Mf Doom Passes Away At 49

Rapper MF Doom
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Hip Hop singer MF Doom has died aged 49, his family confirmed on social media. Famously known as the masked rapper, his real name was  Daniel Dumile, and his wife, Jasmine announced on Thursday that he had actually passed away on October 31st. The official statement, signed by Dumile’s wife, was issued by his record label, Rhymesayers. However, the rapper's cause of death has not been revealed as of yet. 

Doom enjoyed a huge underground fan base courtesy of his elusive public image and for always performing in a mask inspired by the Marvel Comics supervillain Doctor Doom. 

Born in London in 1971, MF Doom aka Daniel Dumile moved to New York in his early years. He gained success in the early 1990s with the group KMD, signing into a major record label, but his rising career collapsed with the death of his brother and bandmate DJ Subroc in 1993. 

Following a gipsy-like next few years of living, in his words, “damn near homeless”, he returned to music in 1997 and adopted his present iconic look with a facemask, which he has worn in public ever since. 

In 2004 he created what is widely regarded as his masterpiece album: Madvillainy, made with crate-digging producer Madlib, a dense, heady, soulful triumph of charismatic lyricism and brilliant sampling, and regarded by many music publications as one of the great albums of the decade.

A bevvy of hip-hop stars, including Jay Electronica, Tyler, The Creator, Q-Tip, Playboi Carti and more paid homage to the revered lyricist in a series of tweets. Check out some of the messages below.