Sean Price, the Brooklyn-based rapper and member of the hip-hop groups Heltah Skeltah and Boot Camp Clik, has died, his record label confirmed Saturday to EW. He was 43.
“It is with beyond a heavy heart that Duck Down Music is sadly confirming that Sean Price passed away early this morning in his Brooklyn apartment, Saturday, August 8th, 2015,” the label said in a statement. “The cause of death is currently unknown, but it was reported that he died in his sleep. He’s survived by his wife, and his three children.”
“Sean’s family and friends are asking for time to grieve and process the news,” the statement continued. “Further details will be issued when more information is available.”
DJ Premier was among those who reacted to the news Saturday on social media. “R.I.P. Ruck,” he wrote on Instagram. “Love and Respect to the Duck Down Family!!!” Other members of the hip-hop community have also been sharing condolences for Price and his family and friends.
Black Sour Ranger and 9th Wonder tweeted the following:
— Black Sour Ranger (@swavesevah) August 8, 2015
My heart hurts. Sean Price is gone. Rest in Paradise legend.
— 9th Wonder (@9thwonder) August 8, 2015
Price, 43, was first known as Ruck when he came out on the scene as part of the hip-hop group Heltah Skeltah as well as the collective known as Boot Camp Clik. He performed on their first LPs — Nocturnal and For the People, respectively. Ruck would later rebrand himself under his birth name, Sean Price, to embark on a solo career. He released a number of albums under this name, including Monkey Barz and Mic Tyson.
The Chain Gang directed an animated music video to his song “STFU Part 2” based on his Mic Tyson cover, which you can hear below.