Sean Price, Brownsville native and founding member of hip-hop collective Camp Clik and duo Heltah Skeltah, died Saturday in his Brooklyn apartment. Price, 43, is survived by his wife and three children, reports CNN.
Many in the hip-hop world are mourning the loss of Price, whose Camp Clik collective was home to some of the more prolific underground East Coast hip-hop acts of the 1990s, like Pitch Black and Smif and Wessun. Many artists paid tribute to Price on Twitter on Saturday:
i love you Sean. ill never forget the fun we had. Till we meet again.
— Alchemist (@Alchemist) August 8, 2015
Always wanted to work w him #RIPSeanPrice
— Hudson Mohawke (@HudMo) August 8, 2015
While the cause of his death remains unknown, Price’s label, Duck Down Music, did release a statement on the matter:
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 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 Price, who turned 43 in March of this year, was a beloved rap artist. He was 1/2 of the group Heltah Skeltah, a key member of the Boot Camp Clik, and a successful solo artist, known simply as Sean Price.
Sean’s family and friends are asking for time to grieve and process the news. Further details will be issued when more information is available.
Even though the loss of Price resonates loudly in the greater hip-hop community, his image won’t ever be forgotten, as it was recently immortalized in a mural painted in Crown Heights.
— BrooklynConfidential (@BrooklynConf) August 9, 2015