Reggie Warren, member of the ’90s R&B group TROOP, has died. He was 52.
The new jack swing pioneer passed away at his California home in San Bernardino on Sunday (March 14). He had been suffering from health issues that left him hospitalized this January, according to TMZ, which was the first to report the news. His cause of death has not yet been confirmed, although the publication ruled out COVID-19.
Several artists have since mourned Warren’s passing on social media, including his bandmate Steve “Random” Russell, who shared several Instagram posts in memory of the late star. “Untouchable RIP Reggie,” he captioned a video of a TROOP—which stands for Total Respect of Other People—performance. In another post, he wrote, “This guy was the life of TROOP’s entertainment. He lived to perform and make people feel good entertaining them.”
Hit-Boy, who won a Grammy for his work on Nas’ album King’s Disease earlier that day, also dedicated the Best Rap Album award to Warren. “Bittersweet moment for me,” the producer wrote on Instagram. “I’m dedicating this year’s Grammy for Best Rap Album to Reggie Warren from the legendary R&B group TROOP who sadly passed away today.”
TROOP made their debut in 1988 with their self-titled debut album. The group later hit big in 1990 with the chart-topping singles “Spread My Wings” and “All I Do is Think of You” from their sophomore record Attitude.
Over the course of their three-decades-long career, TROOP released five studio albums and a number of Hot 100 hits. In their later years, individual group members would work on songs for Jordin Sparks, Jennifer Hudson and more, alongside releasing their own solo albums.
RIP, Reggie Warren. Revisit TROOP’s self-titled debut album below: