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Kangol Kid from UTFO passes away from cancer

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The hip hop world is mourning the passing of Kangol Kid — from the legendary group UTFO — who died Saturday.

His family said in a statement that Kangol died peacefully around 3 a.m. at a hospital in Manhasset, New York, after suffering from colon cancer, USA Today reports. He was 55 and was diagnosed with cancer in February.

Born Shaun Shiller Fequiere, Kangol Kid recorded the 1980s old-school classics “Roxanne, Roxanne” and “Ya Cold Wanna Be with Me” with UTFO. One of his signature Kangol hats is featured in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Kangol frequently wrote about his battle with cancer. “Make no mistake about it, this fight just got realer than I ever imagined,” he commented in October on Instagram. “Thank you for loving me through this.”

The rapper from Brooklyn, New York, also participated in a campaign to fight breast cancer through the Mama Luke Foundation. Following his diagnosis, he had spoken publicly about the need for regular screening.

In addition to his work with UTFO, Kangol also wrote for Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam, and managed the rap group Whistle.

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