(CNN) Rapper Malik Taylor, better known to fans as Phife Dawg of the group A Tribe Called Quest, died Tuesday of complications from diabetes, according to a statement from his family and manager. He was 45.
Taylor had long suffered from health issues associated with his having Type 1 diabetes. In 2008, he underwent a kidney transplant.
“Malik was our loving husband, father, brother and friend,” the statement read. “We love him dearly. How he impacted all our lives will never be forgotten. His love for music and sports was only surpassed by his love of God and family.”