After a battle with colon cancer, one of the most beloved figures in hip-hop, Combat Jack (real name Reggie Ossé), has passed away. He was 48.

A blogger, attorney and podcaster, Combat Jack was best known as the host of the popular podcast The Combat Jack Show, where he interviewed a wide range of hip-hop figures, including one of his most popular sit-downs, an interview with the late Chris Lighty.

Additionally, Ossé, a graduate of Cornell University, represented hip-hop entertainers such as Jay Z, Damon Dash, DJ Clark Kent, Nice & Smooth, Capone-N-Noreaga, Deric “D. Dot” Angelettie, Ski Beatz, and others, starting from an internship in legal affairs for Def Jam Recordings. Ossé also served as managing editor of The Source.

Combat Jack's death was confirmed by his close associate, New York radio host, Peter Rosenberg, who mourned his friend on Twitter.

“Hip Hop has lost one of its most important historians and voices…” he wrote. “We had serious ups and downs but I was so happy we had made things good… Rest In Peace to my friend Combat Jack….”

Our condolences to his friends and family. Rest in peace, Combat Jack.


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