The hip-hop community is mourning the lost of a truly gifted and highly-respected MC. A Tribe Called Quest co-founder Phife Dawg, born Malik I. Taylor, passed away on Tuesday (March 22). His family released an official statement today (March 23) regarding the 45-year-old rapper's untimely death.

The statement, in its entirety, reads:

We regret to share the news that on Tuesday March 22nd, 2016, Malik has passed away due to complications resulting from diabetes.

Malik was our loving husband, father, brother and friend. We love him dearly. How he impacted all our lives will never be forgotten. His love for music and sports was only surpassed by his love of God and family."

Dion Liverpool, his manager adds, "While I mourn the loss of my best friend and brother, I also will celebrate his incredible life and contribution to many people's ears across the world. Even with all his success, I have never met a person as humble as he. He taught me that maintaining a positive attitude and outlook can conquer anything. Now my brother is resting in greatness. I'm honored to have crossed paths with him. Riddim Kidz 4eva."

The family asks that their privacy be respected at this difficult time.

We want to send our heartfelt condolences to Phife Dawg's family and the entire Native Tongues crew. May he rest eternally in peace.