Black Rob has reportedly died after dealing with health issues.
News of the former Bad Boy rapper‘s passing first started to circulate on Saturday (April 17) after DJ Self reported the sad information on Instagram. “Lord knows i tried to get help …… I’m sad to say RIP to Black Rob ….. Passed away in the hospital in Atlanta,” Self, who released a video of Rob in the hospital last week, captioned the black and white photo of Rob, along with his birth and death year. According to TMZ, Rob was 51 at the time of his death.
Fellow former Bad Boy artist Mark Curry also confirmed the passing via social media in a tearful post. “I thank everybody for the donations. Rob passed away about an hour ago,” he said in the clip.
Other members of the hip-hop community have also offered their condolences including radio host Peter Rosenberg and music journalist Jeff Weiss.
Black Rob’s death comes just a week after video surfaced of the Harlem, N.Y. rapper in the hospital. In that video, which came out on Instagram on April 10, Rob talked about his spiraling health. “What’s up, man. What’s going on,” he started. “I don’t know what the pain is…the pain is crazy, man. It’s helping me out, though. It’s making me realize, I have a lot to go on, man.”
The next day, he was released from the hospital and put out an update video. “I been dealing with this, man, for five years, four strokes. I don’t know what to tell you, man,” he said. “Shit is crazy. Shit is hard. I don’t got no house to live in, except for a apartment me and my man be trying to get together. I’m telling you, man. This shit is strange, it’s hard.” A GoFundMe page was started for the rapper by Mark Curry and Mike Zombie the same day.
Rob, born Robert Ross, is most well known for his 2000 hit single “Whoa!,” which appeared on his platinum debut album Life Story. He released two albums on the Bad Boy imprint before parting ways. In 2013, he suffered a stroke in his sleep and has been dealing with issues related to the stroke in the years following. He put out his most recent album, Genuine Article in 2015.
R.I.P. Black Rob.
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