Rapper Black Rob has passed away Saturday at an Atlanta hospital, about a week after he appeared extremely sick in a video he made to pay tribute to rapper DMX.
At 51 years old, the former Bad Boy Records rapper suffered a fatal kidney failure after spending years struggling with health issues.
Born Robert Ross, the artist was best known for his 2000 hit “Whoa!” It was DJ Self who drew attention to Black Rob’s declining condition when he posted the video to his Instagram.
“Lord knows I tried to get help,” he wrote following Rob’s passing. “I’m sad to say RIP to Black Rob…Passed away in the hospital in Atlanta.”
“It’s hard finding the words to say when someone passes away,” Rapper Missy Elliott said. “It’s been tough from X to Black Rob. I am praying for both of their families for healing.”
Record Producer Pete Rock joined the mourners: “All this death in hip hop really sucks. RIP DMX and Black Rob! I can’t believe I just said that. Just don’t sound right. No time to grieve 1 death anymore. X just died last week and BR dies today.”