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Rapper Malik B., a longtime member of the Roots, has died, his family and the hip-hop group announced Wednesday. He was 47.

Born in Philadelphia, Malik B., whose full name was Malik Abdul Basit, joined the Roots in 1987 and appeared on the group’s first four albums. Formed and led by Questlove and Black Thought, the Roots currently serve as the house band on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

“It is with heavy hearts and tearful eyes that we regretfully inform you of the passing of our beloved brother and long time Roots member Malik Abdul Baset,” the Roots said in posts on Instagram and Twitter. “May he be remembered for his devotion to Islam, His loving brotherhood and his innovation as one of the most gifted MCs of all time.”

No cause of death was given.