Bad Boy Records rapper Black Rob dies at 52

The New York artist died after suffering a cardiac arrest.

Bad Boy Records rapper Black Rob has died. He was 52 years old.

The artist, real name Robert Ross, died on Saturday (April 17) at the Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta after suffering a cardiac arrest, the Associated Press reported. Besides heart troubles, Rob had been dealing with several underlying health issues, including lupus, kidney failure, diabetes and multiple strokes. Fans were recently alerted to Rob’s declining health when he offered his condolences to the late friends and family of his late collaborator DMX in a video recorded from his hospital bed.

Rob appeared on a number of collaborations throughout the ’90s but achieved his own fame with his 2000 debut album, Life Story. The record housed his hit track “Woah!” and peaked at number three on the Billboard 200. The following year, Rob also appeared on Diddy’s single, “Bad Boy for Life.” He also featured on remixes of Total’s “What About Us” and 112’s “Come See Me.”


Diddy remembered his late labelmate on Instagram, writing, “Rest in power King! As I listen to your records today there’s one thing that they all have in common! You have made millions of people all over the world feel good and dance! You are one of a kind! GOD BLESS! Love. You will be truly missed!!!!”

Other artists who have paid tribute to Black Rob include GZA of the Wu-Tang Clan, LL Cool J, Westside Gunn and Q-Tip.

RIP, Black Rob. Revisit “Woah!” here:


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