Founding Roots Member Malik B Deat At 47.

Malik Abdul Basit, an original member of the legendary Roots Crew, has died at the age of 47.

"We regretfully inform you of the passing of our beloved brother and long time Roots member Malik Abdul Basit. May he be remembered for his devotion to Islam and innovation as one of the most gifted MCs of all time. We ask that you please respect his family in our time of mourning"

Born in Philadelphia, Malik B was an original member of the Roots along with Questlove and Black Thought, appearing on the band’s first four albums "Organix," ''Do You Want More?!!!??!," "Illadelph Halflife," and "Things Fall Apart," before departing the group.

He later returned as a featured artist in 2006 for their Grammy-nominated album “Game Theory.”

In addition to his work with the Roots, Malik B released an EP and two studio albums.

The Roots have not yet released an official cause of death.

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