Malik B, founding member of The Roots, has died at 47


Malik B, a rapper and founding member of The Roots, has died. He was 47.

The group announced the death of the Philadelphia-born emcee in a social media post Wednesday. The cause of death was not released.

Malik B has died at the age of 47.

Malik B has died at the age of 47.Credit:@mpozitolbertphotography via AP

Malik B, whose real name is Malik Abdul Basit, was a major contributor to the group, which includes Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson and Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter. He appeared on four albums before departing the group in 1999. The group won its first Grammy the following year.

The Roots paid homage to Malik B for his rap talents and faith.