They Reminisce Over You: Rappers Gone Too Soon was originally published on blackamericaweb.com

1. Eazy-E (September 7, 1963 – March 26, 1995)

Eazy-E (September 7, 1963 – March 26, 1995)

Real name: Eric Lynn Wright He passed away due to complications from AIDS.

2. Heavy D (May 24, 1967 – November 8, 2011)

Heavy D (May 24, 1967 – November 8, 2011)

Real name: Dwight Arrington Myers Heavy D collapsed outside of his home, and ultimately died from pulmonary embolism.

3. Jam Master Jay (January 21, 1965 – October 30, 2002)

Jam Master Jay (January 21, 1965 – October 30, 2002)

Real name: Jason William Mizell Jam Master Jay was murdered in a Queens recording studio. One suspect was arrested for being an accomplice in 2007…

4. Left Eye (May 27, 1971 – April 25, 2002)

Left Eye (May 27, 1971 – April 25, 2002)

Real name: Lisa Nicole Lopes Lisa was killed in a car crash in Honduras.

5. Nate Dogg (August 19, 1969 – March 15, 2011)

Nate Dogg (August 19, 1969 – March 15, 2011)

Real name: Nathaniel Dwayne Hale Nate had two strokes in 2008, and it left half of his body paralyzed. He ultimately died from complications of…

6. Notorious B.I.G. (May 21, 1972 – March 9, 1997)

Notorious B.I.G. (May 21, 1972 – March 9, 1997)

Real name: Christopher George Latore Wallace He was shot in Los Angeles after leaving the Soul Train Awards. His murder is still unsolved.

7. Pimp C (December 29, 1973 – December 4, 2007)

Pimp C (December 29, 1973 – December 4, 2007)

Real name: Chad Lamont Butler Pimp C died from an overdose of promethazine and codeine.

8. Big L (May 30, 1974 – February 15, 1999)

Big L (May 30, 1974 – February 15, 1999)

Real name: Lamont Coleman Big L was shot fatally nine times in the face and chest in Harlem. To this day, the murder is unsolved.

9. Big Pun (November 10, 1971 – February 7, 2000)

Big Pun (November 10, 1971 – February 7, 2000)

Real name: Christopher Lee Rios Big Pun suffered a fatal heart attack and respiratory failure.

10. Ol’ Dirty Bastard (November 15, 1968 – November 13, 2004)

Ol’ Dirty Bastard (November 15, 1968 – November 13, 2004)

Real name: Russell Tyrone Jones he died from a drug overdose of cocaine and the prescription drug tramadol.

11. Tupac (June 16, 1971 – September 13, 1996)

Tupac (June 16, 1971 – September 13, 1996)

Real name: Tupac Shakur He was shot multiple times in a drive-byy shooting in Las Vegas. He died six days after he was shot.

12. Slim Dunkin (1987- December 16, 2011)

Slim Dunkin (1987- December 16, 2011)

Real name: Mario Hamilton The Brick Squad rapper (affiliated with Waka Flocka) was shot and killed at an Atlanta recording studio. oung Vito was arrested…

13. MCA (August 5, 1964 – May 4, 2012)

MCA (August 5, 1964 – May 4, 2012)

Real name: Adam Nathaniel Yauch He died from his battle with salivary gland cancer.

14. Mac Daddy of Kriss Kross (August 11, 1978–May 1, 2013)

Mac Daddy of Kriss Kross (August 11, 1978–May 1, 2013)

Real name: Chris Kelly He was found unresponsive in his Atlanta home, and reportedly died of a drug overdose.

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