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A Tribe Called Quest Statement On Death of Group Member Phife

'Our hearts are heavy. We are devastated. This is something we weren't prepared for although we all know that life is fleeting. It was no secret about his health and his fight. But the fight for his joy and happiness gave him everything he needed,' the group said in the statement. 'The fight to keep his family happy, his soul happy and those around him happy, gave him complete and unadulterated joy…until he heeded his father's call.'

'We love his family, his mother, his son, his wife, his nieces, his family here in New York, Atlanta, California and Trinidad,' the group continued. 'Thank you for the outpouring of prayers and support from the fans, fellow artists, music outlets, blogs, radio stations, DJs, social media and the media community at large. This too is part of his joy and means a lot to him.'

'His family is overwhelmed by the support, well wishes and are thankful. His music and what he's contributed is seismic and hard to measure. He's affected us as much as he's affected all of you,' the group wrote. 'We're inspired by his daily joy and courage. He wasn't in pain. He was happy. We take comfort in knowing he will be beside his grandmother.' – A Tribe Called Quest

 
 

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