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2 Live Crew rapper Brother Marquis dead at 58

Brother Marquis, a member of the iconic rap group 2 Live Crew, has died at 58, Fox News Digital confirmed on Monday.

His cause of death and circumstances surrounding it are unclear.

Marquis, whose full name was Mark D. Ross, joined the crew in 1986 as a friend of DJ David Hobbs aka Mr. Mixx.

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Hobbs was also part of the most well-known lineup of 2 Live Crew, which included Fresh Kid Ice (Christopher Wong Won) and Luke Skyywalker (Luther Campbell).

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The group shared on Instagram that Marquis had “passed away” on Monday. No further details were posted.

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Luther “Luke” Campbell offered his condolences for Marquis’ loss in a tweet shared on X, formerly known as Twitter.

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“My Condolence goes out to the Family of Brother Marquis and so many of his Fans from around the World after learning his passing,” he wrote. “We took on so many fights for the culture made Great music together something I would never forget.”

“We had recently got back together to take on another fight to get back our catalog that was stolen from us. We will continue that fight in his name for his Family. The Brother Marquis, that I know would want us to celebrate his life that’s exactly what I’m gonna do. R.I.P My Brother.”

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The Miami-based group was known for its controversial hit songs, primarily its massively successful 1989 album “As Nasty As They Wanna Be.”

The government dubbed the album “legally obscene,” but the decision was overturned by the U.S. Court of Appeals in 1992 after deciding the album had significant influences from African-American culture and literary traditions.

Fresh Kid Ice, one of the founding members, died in 2017. He was 53. Ice, whose full name was Christopher Wong Won, is considered one of the first Asian rappers to make it big in the United States.

He formed the group with Mr. Mixx and Amazing Vee (Yuri Vielot) and was the only member to be featured on every album.

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